Tao Te Ching 38: Already good




The highest good is not to seek to do good,

but to allow yourself to become it.

The Sage doesn’t try to be powerful;

thus he is truly powerful.

The ordinary man keeps reaching for power;

thus he never has enough.


The Sage does nothing,

yet he leaves nothing undone.

The ordinary man is always doing things,

yet accomplishes little.


The kind person acts from the heart

and accomplishes a multitude of things.

The righteous person acts out of piety,

yet leaves many things undone.

The moral person will act out of duty,

and when no one responds

will roll up his sleeves and use force.


The highest virtue is to act without a sense of self.

The highest kindness is to give without condition.

The highest justice is to see without preference.


When the Tao is forgotten, there is righteousness.

When righteousness is forgotten…

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