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上善若水

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

《老子》: “上善若水。水善利万物而不争。处众人之所恶,故几于道。居善地,心善渊,与善仁,言善信,正善 治,尹善能,动善时。夫唯不争,故无尤。”

老子认为,有道德的上善之人,有像水一样的柔性。水的柔性是怎样的呢?水性柔顺,明能照物,滋养万物而不与万物 相争,有功于万物而又甘心屈尊于万物之下。正因为这样,有道德的人,效法水的柔性,温良谦让,广泛施恩却不奢望报答。

For the benefits of english readers... i tried and found an english translation for the above and found this paragraph to be most apt.

Excerpt from Lao Tzu:

"The highest excellence is like that of water. The excellence of water appears in its benefiting all things, and in its occupying, without striving, the low place which all men dislike. Hence it is near to the Tao.

The excellence of a residence is in the suitability of the place; that of the mind is in the stillness of the abyss; that of relationships is in their being with the virtuous; that of government is in its securing good order; that of the conduct of affairs is in its ability; and that of any movement is its timeliness. And when one with the highest excellence does not strive against his low position, no one finds fault with him."

I think I need to learn the excellence of the water to learn more.

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  1. Blogger JY | March 08, 2006 9:40 AM |  

    how nice this world would be if everyone really knows this....

    if only..

  2. Anonymous Anonymous | March 12, 2006 5:45 PM |  

    That's Nitta Sayuri in Memoirs of the Geisha. She's told she's like water. In fact, too much water. She let water carries her to the destiny (if there's). She got what she wanted in the end. How brilliant!

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