"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."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.
~ Burton Watson translation ~
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