The Wise Man {Tao Te Ching Excerpt}

The following is not my own writing; in fact, the Tao Te Ching was written approximately 500bc by the philosopher Lao Tzu and is a very important text to the duality of spiritual and religious Taoism and it’s 12million followers. I was rereading it through for the second time today and this particular passage really resonated with me and so I wanted to share it.

The Wise Man’s mind is free

But tuned to people’s need:

“Alike to be good and bad

I must be good,

For Virtue is goodness.

To honest folk

And those dishonest ones

Alike, I proffer faith,

For Virtue is faithful.”
The Wise Man, when abroad,

Impartial to the world,

Does not divide or judge.

But people everywhere

Mark well his ears and eyes;

For wise men hear and see

As little children do.

–Excerpt #49 from the Tao Te Ching By Lao Tzu {approx 500 bc}

–Translated by Raymond B. Blakney {1955}


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