The Way of Life

laotzu-roerichPeople through finding something beautiful

Think something else unbeautiful,

Through finding one man fit

Judge another unfit.

Life and death, though stemming from each other,

seem to conflict as stages of change,

Difficult and easy as phases of achievement,

Long and short as measures of contrast,

High and low as degrees of relation;

But, since the varying tones gives music to a voice

And what is is the was of what shall be,

The sanest man

Sets up no deed,

Lays down no law,

Takes everything that happens as it comes

As something to animate, not to appropriate,

To earn, not to own,

To accept naturally without self-importance:

If you never assume importance

You never lose it.

~Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching (The Way of Life)

Image: Nicholas Roerich

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