DAILY SELECTIONS FROM LAO-TZU’S TAO TE CHING — FEBRUARY 19, 2019

You originate in life, but always return to death.

Three in ten people focus too much on extending life. Three in ten people focus too much on fearing death. Three in ten people focus on living life to the fullest and thus find an early death. Why is this so? Because such people live to excess.

It is said of the one in ten who successfully preserve their life: When traveling they do not fear the wild buffalo or the tiger. When in the battlefield they avoid armor and weapons.

The wild buffalo can find no place to pitch its horns, the tiger can find no place to sink its claws, the soldier can find no place to thrust his sword.

Why is this so? Because he has no place for death in his life.

–Lao-tzu–

(from Tao Te Ching, verse 50, translation by Robert Brookes)

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