When the people saw that Moses was slow coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron, and said to him, “Come, make gods for us who shall go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.” … More Lord, Any! The Story of the Golden Calf (Exodus 32:1-6)
When everyone agrees On beauty, that is Ugliness. When all agree On virtue, There is no good. Seen and unseen Flow from each other. The difficult and the easy Go round and around. Long and short; High and low; Noise and music; Before and after— One reveals the other. This is why the enlightened Do … More Tao teh Ching Two
The masters of the Way In the old days knew deeply The elusive mysteries, yet They shuddered like those Crossing an icy stream; They stayed awake like Those afraid of neighbors; They were serious, as if At dinner with the powerful; They were pliable, like Melting ice; plain like … More The Tao
“Everyone carries a room about inside him. This fact can even be proved by means of the sense of hearing. If someone walks fast and one pricks up one’s ears and listens, say in the night, when everything round about is quiet, one hears, for instance, the rattling of a mirror not quite firmly fastened … More
What does it mean to say “Disgrace and favor are one”? It means respect both. What does it mean to say “Consider honor and anxiety Equal parts of yourself”? It means being contains both.