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.

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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