Sunday, April 8, 2012

in the unshapen

The Way never does anything,
and everything gets done.
If those in power could hold the Way,
the ten thousand things
would look after themselves.
If even so they tried to act,
I'd quiet them with the nameless,
the natural.

In the unnamed, in the unshapen,
is not wanting.
In not wanting is stillness.
In stillness all under heaven rests.

- Lao Tzu, from "Tao Te Ching: A Book About the Way and the Power of the Way," a New English Version by Ursula K. Le Guin

"I Be Your Water" by Sweet Honey in the Rock, lyrics here.

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