Try to seize a nation and so discover failure. Nations are living things, so cannot be got by grasping. Those who attempt to conquer will destroy. Those who grasp will find nothing to hold. It is the way of the creative universe that front becomes back; warm turns to freezing, strong becomes … More Daodejing 29
Heaviness is the root of lightness; stillness determines movement. The wise, traveling all day, never stray far from supplies. Only close to home can we relax. Do the wise take Their bodies lightly? To do so is to forget the root, to get lost in movement, forgetting the goal.
When the privileged are not promoted because of privilege, no one wrangles. When fancy things are not prized, people will not steal. Only disorder results from desire for things. Those free of themselves encourage contented minds and hearts, basic needs. Those free of themselves discourage grasping and strengthen bones. … More Daodejing 3