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25 May 2009 @ 07:32 am
Tao of the Day  
A branch is cut from a living tree, then chiseled and painted to make a ritual vase.
The leftovers are thrown away as rubbish.
Everyone says that the case is beautiful while the leftovers are ugly.
I say both the vase and the leftovers are ugly, because they are no longer the natural, living tree.
In the same way I judge virtuous saints and vicious sinners as equally misguided.
Whether through good or bad motivation, both have acted against their true nature.
Neither are natural human beings.
- Chuang Tzu (trans. Timothy Freke)
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Varnvarn_ix on May 25th, 2009 03:15 pm (UTC)
I was sure I'd seen this before in your Tao posts. But then I couldn't find it.

It's a good point, though, and certainly bears repetition.