the use of subtle insight

shunryu suzuki

 

In ancient times

those who practiced Tao

didn’t want to enlighten people,

but to keep them natural

and simple.

 

When cleverness

and intellect abound, people

don’t do well. A leader who governs

with cleverness cheats his people.

A leader who governs with

simplicity is a blessing

to his people.

 

These are

the two alternatives.

Understanding them is

subtle insight. The use of

subtle insight brings all

things back into

oneness.

 

from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 65


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