Monday, February 25, 2013

be wary

As yang bends toward yin
honour turns into dishonour.
Be wary of becoming bound up in yourself.

What does it mean that honour turns into dishonour? 
The need to maintain honour makes one dependent on praise, 
so the wise person avoids honour to begin with. 

What does it mean to be wary of becoming bound up in yourself? 
You become focused on a limited sense of yourself. 
But if you are selfless, what misfortune can occur?

Therefore those whose actions accord with the Tao 
can be trusted with the greatest responsibility.

— Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching