Friday, October 11, 2013

Bit by Bit - Chapter 22, Part 17

Trey Smith

"That which treats things as things is not limited by things. Things have their limits - the so-called limits of things. The unlimited moves to the realm of limits; the limited moves to the unlimited realm. We speak of the filling and emptying, the withering and decay of things. [The Way] makes them full and empty without itself filling or emptying; it makes them wither and decay without itself withering or decaying. It establishes root and branch but knows no root and branch itself; it determines when to store up or scatter but knows no storing or scattering itself."
~ Burton Watson translation ~
Life and death provide the parameters for human understanding, but existence encompasses and supersedes both. While forms themselves are born and then die, existence itself is endless. When I am gone, the world of my consciousness may cease, but the world of reality will continue.

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