Heaven and earth are huge, but they are alike in their transformations. The ten thousand things are numerous, but they are one in their good order. Human beings are many, but they are all subjects of the sovereign. The sovereign finds his source in Virtue, his completion in Heaven. Therefore it is said that the sovereign of dark antiquity ruled the world through inaction, through Heavenly Virtue and nothing more.As we gaze upon the world, we see infinite variety. Each droplet of water and every snowflake is utterly unique. And yet, for all this uniqueness, everything is derived from the same basic elements and, one day, we may discover that all these basic elements originated with one element. Despite our differences, we are one.
~ Burton Watson translation ~
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