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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

TAO TE CHING #53

by riusuke fukahori
       
        #53


        The great Way is easy,

         yet people prefer the side paths.

        Be aware when things are out of balance.
       
        Stay centered within the Tao.


        When rich speculators prosper

        while farmers lose their land;

        when government officials spend money

        on weapons instead of cures;

        when the upper class is extravagant and irresponsible

        while the poor have nowhere to turn --

        all this is robbery and chaos.

        It is not in keeping with the Tao.

                     
  
                                               ---tr. Stephen Mitchell




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