Taoteching 43

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Water is the softest substance, yet over time it carves channels in solid rock. Non-existence lodges in the interstices where there is no room.

Unmotivated action is the eternal Nameless Way. The eternal Nameless Way is beneficent, but rarely found.

He who denies the Nameless Way would rather break in stiff pride than bend in pliable humility and admit error. She who embraces the Nameless Way considers those who point out her faults as her most benevolent teachers.

He who denies the Nameless Way is blown about by every fad. She who embraces the Nameless Way tacks against the currents of popularity and carves out her own uniqueness.

He who denies the Nameless Way may refuse to grow, or he may be willing to grow, but either way he remains idle. She who embraces the Nameless Way simply grows.

He who denies the Nameless Way would rather learn an old thing than cultivate a new thing. She who embraces the Nameless Way finds that creativity is the coin to buy her way.

He who denies the Nameless Way examines who speaks rather than listens to what is said. She who embraces the Nameless Way knows that half of a conversation is listening.

He who denies the Nameless Way emits chatter, which flows from his nature. She who embraces the Nameless Way remains silent, which flows from her understanding.

He who denies the Nameless Way is blindly biased in who he loves and hates. She who embraces the Nameless Way sees the bad points in who she loves and the good points in who she hates.

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