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Freitag, 3. September 2010

Appendix A: Excerpts from the Taoteaching - Abstraction

All the world knows beauty
But if that becomes beautiful
This becomes ugly
All the world knows good
But if that becomes good
This becomes bad
The coexistence of have and have not
The co-production of hard and easy
The correlation of long and short
The codependence of high and low
The correspondence of note and noise
The coordination of first and last
Is endless
Thus the sage performs effortless deeds
And teaches wordless lessons
He doesn’t start all the things he begins
He doesn’t presume on what he does
He doesn’t claim what he achieves
And because he makes no claim
He suffers no loss.

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