Tao 76

Death to change!We are born into this word as meek and malleable creatures
But when we leave it we are hard, rigid and strong.
The flora surrounding us is no different:
Fragile, supple and willowy in life,
But dried, barren and withered in death.

To be hard and unbending is death,
To live is to accept change.

Accordingly,
The stiff and strong will not conquer
And the tallest trees will not survive.
Greatness cannot last:
It must either change or decay.


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