The Way of Life

One of the many great passages from the book The Way of Life according toe LAO TZU.  I keep coming back to this one and thought it is most definitely worth sharing.

A man of sure fitness, without making a point of his fitness, Stays fit;

A man of unsure fitness, assuming an appearance of fitness, Becomes unfit.

The man of sure fitness never makes an act of it, Nor considers what it may profit  him;  

The man of unsure fitness makes an act of it and considers what it may profit him,

However a man with a kind heart proceed, He forgets what it may profit him;

However a man with a just mind proceed, He remembers what it may profit him;

However a man of conventional conduct proceed, if he be not complied with out goes his fist to enforce compliance.

Here is what happens:

Losing the way of life, men rely first on their fitness;

Losing fitness, they turn to kindness;

Losing kindness, they turn to justness;

Losing justness, they turn to convention.

Conventions are fealty and honesty gone to waste, They are the entrance of disorder.  

False teachers of life use flowery words and start nonsense.  

The man of stamina stays with the root below the tapering, stays with the fruit beyond the flowering;

He has his no and he has his yes.

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