8th Verse of the Tao

This is my favorite verse.  The traslation is provided by Stephen Mitchell.

“The supreme good is like water,
which nourishes all things without trying to.
It is content with the low places that people disdain.
Thus it is like the Tao.

In dwelling, live close to the ground.
In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous.
In governing, don’t try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy.
In family life, be completely present.

When you are content to be simply yourself
and don’t compare or compete,
everybody will respect you.”

Water is the most important compound on the earth.  We can’t live without it.  It’s so powerful and ubiquitous that we do not even notice it.  Then one day a Tsunami or Katrina hits and we realize it’s as powerful as fire or anything else in the world; yet, we drink and bathe in it.    It works without effort and is not aware of a rich or poor person.  Everyone drinks.

Since water can take the form of a sold, liquid or gas; it holds many secrets.  Everything, in this world and beyond, is composed of particles that bounce off one another.  Is anything truly solid in this world or is this the illusion?

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