A masterful One hearing of the Tao
immediately begins to embody it.
An average One hearing of the Tao
half believes it and half doubts it.
A foolish One hearing of the Tao
laughs out loud, and yet
should fools not laugh,
it wouldn't be the Tao!
Thus t'is writ:
The path into the light seems dark,
the path forward seems to go back,
the direct path seems long,
true power seems weak,
true purity seems tarnished,
true steadfastness seems changeable,
true clarity seems obscure,
the greatest seem unsophisticated,
the greatest love seems indifferent,
the greatest wisdom seems childish.
The Tao is nowhere to be found,
yet it nourishes and completes all things.
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Reiterated slightly from Stephen Mitchell's iteration.
from ethics to psychology
and onward to quantum physics,
and every quanta betwixt and beyond!