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02 July 2008 @ 07:55 am
Tao of the Day  
Surely, in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird;
but they lie in wait for their own blood, they lurk secretly for their own lives.
So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain;
it takes away the life of its owners.
- Proverbs 1:17-19

Nothing wears away hard, strong rocks as well as soft, weak water.
Softness is harder than hardness.
Weakness is stronger than strength.
- Tao Te Ching #78 (trans. Freke)
Ilsaaggrobat on July 3rd, 2008 01:48 am (UTC)
This is the first tao post I take issue with. The softness of water has nothing to do with its ability to wear away stone. Gravity and velocity applied over time can make anything break through rock, even air wears it away. The whole weakness being stronger than strength doesn't jive for me.

Meh. I still really like your tao posts. :)

When are you free again for hanging out?
Kburgunder on July 3rd, 2008 05:33 pm (UTC)
I'm out of town this weekend to Portland, so sometime after that. Good news: a friend is going to lend me camping gear for the summer AND I went kayaking yesterday, so two steps closer to Blake :)