Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The person of superior integrity does not insist upon her integrity;
For this reason, s/he has integrity.
The person of inferior integrity never loses sight of her integrity;
For this reason, s/he lacks integrity.
The person of superior integrity takes no action,
nor has s/he a purpose for acting.
The person of superior humanness takes action,
but has no purpose for acting.
The person of superior righteousness takes action,
and has a purpose for acting.
The person of superior etiquette takes action,
but others do not respond to her;
Whereupon she rolls up her sleeves
and coerces them.
When the Way is lost,
afterward comes integrity.
When integrity is lost,
afterward comes humanness
When humanness is lost,
afterward comes righteousness.
When righteousness is lost,
afterward comes etiquette.
Etiquette is the attenuation of trustworthiness,
and the source of disorder.
Foreknowledge is but the blossomy ornament of the Way,
and the source of ignorance.
For this reason,
The great wo/man resides in substance,
not in attenuation.
S/he resides in fruitful reality,
not in blossomy ornament.
S/he rejects the one and adopts the other.
-Tao Te Ching 1 (38) (adapted)