Tao Te Ching 2 : Duality and the Wise Man’s Office

Since the world points up beauty as such,

There is ugliness too.

If goodness is taken as goodness, Wickedness enters as well.

For is and is-not come together;

Hard and easy are complementary;

Long and short are relative;

High and low are comparative;

Pitch and sound make harmony;

Before and after are a sequence.

Indeed the Wise Man’s office

Is to work by being still

He teaches not by speech

But by accomplishment;
He does for everything, Neglecting none;

Their life he gives to all, Possessing none;
And what he brings to pass

Depends on no one else.

As he succeeds, He takes no credit
And just because he does not take it, Credit never leaves him.


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