Daodejing 28

Know the masculine

and the feminine.


In that knowledge become 

a flowing stream, strong, 

full, coursing through

all humanity, just like

a newborn babe. 


Know the pure;

value the impure,


and so become a valley

strong and full,  

like unworked wood.


Know the light;

value the dark,


and so become an example,

strong and full, containing

the human, yet 

becoming boundless.


When unworked wood 

is worked, it becomes 

many things.


When those free of themselves 

are worked, they become wise.


In the best working, 

there is no sharpness.



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