Wednesday, July 30, 2008


Tom’s Branch, Pisgah National Forest, Haywood County, NC, July 2008

Under heaven nothing is more soft and yielding than water.
Yet for attacking the solid and strong, nothing is better;
It has no equal.
The weak can overcome the strong;
The supple can overcome the stiff.
Under heaven everyone knows this,
Yet no one puts it into practice.
Therefore the sage says:
He who takes upon himself the humiliation of the people
is fit to rule them.
He who takes upon himself the country's disasters deserves
to be king of the universe.
The truth often seems paradoxical.

Tao Te Ching – Chapter 78, Lao Tzu
Translation by Gia-fu Feng and Jane English

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