Monday, September 26, 2011

Tao Te Ching: Supple is the Disciple of Life

Men are born soft and supple;
dead, they are stiff and hard.
Plants are born tender and pliant;
dead, they are brittle and dry.

Thus whoever is stiff and inflexible
is a disciple of death.
Whoever is soft and yielding
is a disciple of life.

The hard and stiff will be broken.
                                                      The soft and supple will prevail. (76)


Anonymous said...

ridi this reminds me of the saying "stiff in opinion always wrong". i tell my graduate students -thanks to you- there are no certainties in the life of an intellectual. i am going to invite you to teach a research methods course when you get done with your writing projects in kimberley. don't say no. i won't accept. ok. :>)


Ridwan said...

Hey Lauren:

I would absolutely luv to teach a course and be in Boston again even in the fall.

The last time I was there the Red Sox won the world series and that night I went to see Tears for Fears in concert.

It was a magical night.

Thanks for your comment.

Peace and luv,