Daodejing: straw dogs

Straw dogs were used instead of living dogs in ancient Chinese ritual practices. Just as heaven and earth don’t draw any distinction between them despite their obvious differences, the wise do not favor any particular people. Nobody is special; everybody deserves equal consideration.

The way is full of amazing potential; don’t let yourself be distracted from harnessing it.

「天地不仁,以萬物為芻狗;聖人不仁,以百姓為芻狗。天地之間,其猶橐籥乎!虛而不屈、動而愈出,多言數窮,不如守中。」
Heaven and earth are not humane,
They treat all things like straw dogs.
The sage is not humane;
He treats all people like straw dogs.
Is not the space between heaven and earth just like a bellows?
When empty, it’s still inexhaustible;
Empty but never exhausted,
Dynamic and ever more productive.
Too many words will only lead to failure;
Better to stay centered.

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