Sunday, April 12, 2009

Raw silk and uncut wood

This is from Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching (translation by Ursula Le Guin) and continues the theme of slow and simple.  I particularly like the second verse.

Raw silk and uncut wood

Stop being holy, forget being prudent,
it'll be a hundred times better for everyone.
Stop being altruistic, forget being righteous,
people will remember what family feeling is.
Stop planning, forget making a profit, 
there won't be any thieves and robbers.

But even these three rules
needn't be followed; what works reliably
is to know the raw silk,
hold the uncut wood.
Need little,
want less.
Forget the rules.
Be untroubled.

No comments:

Post a Comment