Sunday, August 2, 2009

Chuang Tzu

You train your eye and your vision lusts after color.
You train your ear, and you long for delightful sound.
You delight in doing good, and your natural kindness
is blown out of shape.
You delight in righteousness, and you become righteous
beyond all reason. You overdo liturgy, and you turn into
a ham actor. Overdo your love of music, and you play corn.
Love of wisdom leads to wise contriving.
Love of knowledge leads to faultfinding.
If men would stay as they really are,
taking or leaving these eight delights
would make no difference. But if they will not rest
in their right state, the eight delights develop like malignant tumors.
The world falls into confusion.
Since men honour these delights, and lust after them,
the world has gone stone-blind. When the delight is over,
they still will not let go of it...

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