Tao 29

By taking control of the universe, would it be improved?
The universe is its own and no one can better it.

It’s complexity is deep–unimaginable.
It cannot be harnessed.

Try to manipulate it and it will eventually spoil.
Try to keep it and it will eventually slip away.

Sometimes tension, sometimes ease;
Sometimes sickness, sometimes health;
Sometimes leading, sometimes led;
Sometimes clear, sometimes confused.

The sage consciously avoids extremes, egotism, and overindulgence.


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