Book - Tao Te Ching - Lao Tzu
Stephen Mitchell Translation
Throw away holiness and wisdom,
and people will be a hundred times happier.
Throw away morality and justice,
and people will do the right thing1.
Throw away industry and profit,
and there won’t be any thieves2.
If these three aren’t enough,
just stay at the center of the circle
and let all things take their course3.
Morality is a poor surrogate of humanity
avoid greed and compulsive consumption
go with the flow
Ursula Le Guin
In the degradation of the great way
come benevolence and righteousness.
With the exaltation of learning and prudence
comes immense hypocrisy.
The disordered family
is full of dutiful children and parents.
The disordered society
is full of loyal patriots
Stephen Addiss & Stanley Lombardo
Great Tao rejected: Benevolence and righteousness appear.
Learning and knowledge professed: Great Hypocrites spring up.
Family relations forgotten: Filial piety and affection arise.
The nation disordered: Patriots come forth.