the oneness gives birth


Nonbeing gives

birth to the oneness.

The oneness gives birth to yin and

yang. Yin and yang give birth to heaven,

earth, and beings. Heaven, earth, and

beings give birth to everything

in existence.


Therefore everything

in existence carries within it both

yin and yang, and attains its harmony by

blending together these two

vital breaths.


Ordinary people

hate nothing more than to be

powerless, small, and unworthy.

Yet this is how superior people

describe themselves.


Gain is loss.

Loss is gain.


I repeat what others have said:

The strong and violent don’t die natural deaths.

This is the very essence of my teaching.


The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 42


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