Saturday, January 29, 2011

No, No, No

(3) If a person constantly hears “no, no, no”
will it will impel her to good action,
will it will inspire her to esteem virtue,
will it will enable her see what is true?
Instead, those things that are empty and weak inspire virtue.

It is hard for the people to become wise,
for they know they should not force things,
and this limits the power that desire has over
a person’s heart, mind, and will.

One who can inspire the people to simply be
will strengthen their hold on what is real,
and will add to their wisdom,
so that their true wealth can never be stolen from them.

Their government might be in chaos
but it will not move them to compete.
The desire of their bellies and their bones
will not compel their actions.

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