Tao 5

Heaven and earth feel no attachment.
They do not fear or lament death.
Why would the sage act any differently?
Is not change the vital breath of all existence?
Breathe in, breathe out:
Life and death are but the same air in different forms.
Endless lamentation hinders proper breathing.
Better to let Tao flow in silence.

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