fierce beasts will not seize him;Derek Lin explains that "wild beasts represent fear and anger." Newborns know neither. They don't view the world as separate; it is seen as a mere extension of themselves!
~ James Legge translation, from The Sacred Books of the East, 1891 ~
Wild beasts will not pounce upon him;
~ Gia-fu Feng and Jane English translation, published by Vintage Books, 1989 ~
Wild beasts do not claw them
~ Derek Lin translation, from Tao Te Ching: Annotated & Explained, published by SkyLight Paths, 2006 ~
wild beasts can't attack him.
~ Ron Hogan rendition, from Beatrice.com, 2004 ~
As we grow beyond infancy, we learn the art of expectation. When we expect something to go this way or that and it doesn't, this is the point where fear, to a lesser extent, and anger, to a greater extent, kicks in. In most cases, when we temper our expectations, there is no place for anger.
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