Sunday, January 24, 2010

Tao Te Ching 3

THREE

Not exalting the gifted prevents quarreling.
Not collecting treasures prevents stealing.
Not seeing desirable things prevents confusion of the heart.

The wise therefore rule by emptying hearts and stuffing bellies,
      by weakening ambitions and strengthening bones.
If people lack knowledge and desire,
      then intellectuals will not try to interfere.
If nothing is done, then all will be well.

                      —Lao Tsu    TAO TE CHING
                         translated by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English

1 comment:

Dan Gurney said...

That final line, "If nothing is done, then all will be well." is something I've found helpful in teaching. The more responsive to students I am (and the less of an agenda I have to begin with) the better the student-teacher interaction that occurs.