Eight

The supreme good is like water, which nourishes all things without trying to. Water is the source of all life, the origin of all organisms. Only a minuscule percent of life can survive without water, and these creatures are typically only the size of a cell.

Water provides for all people and supervises our existence, yet it is dominated by the forces and has no collective choice. It is content with the low places that people disdain. Water does not desire to benefit all existence and it does not decide its district, it purely flows from place to place, guided by gravity. Thus it is like the Tao.

No aim and no alarm, water provides purely without even trying. It is infinitely abundant and awarding, yet pays no attention to conscious troubles. Water only frequently falls, perpetually pursuing the center of the planet.

In dwelling, live close the ground. Ignore massive monoliths, for these skyscrapers symbolize humanity’s severed partnership with the land. We steadily raise above other buildings, reaching away from the Earth and pulling away from the center.

In thinking, keep to the simple. Complex, complicated consideration can conclude in catastrophe. Concede that convoluted concepts are compelling, and continually question each quandary with unconditional curiosity. Recognize that confusion has no closure.

In conflict, be fair and generous. Treat every individual as the Tao would treat them, with unrestrained prosperity. Continue giving no matter what the circumstance, even if you seem have nothing to present.

In governing, don’t try to control. Controlling others only restricts capability, preventing persons from obtaining prosperity. The more you regulate conduct, the higher the chance of a cataclysmic retaliation. Live and let live — things will resolve.

In work, do what you enjoy. Why waste treasured time working a trade you detest? Why submit self to misery and mania merely for more money?

To permanently permit pain is a preposterous pastime — pursue provocative projects with patent purpose! Do not let the instructive influence of others affect your choice in occupation and actively seek assignments that you consciously adore.

In family life, be completely present. Do not let your thoughts float into fantasy — remain in reality. If you focus on future or preoccupy with past you squander the now. We are beings that can perceive time in entirety, but we only continue in the current.

To target specific moments is to lose sight of self, to lose sight of self is to strive away from center, to strive away from center is to neglect the Tao. Be the person you want to be and deliver prosperity. When you are content to simply be yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.