No Greater Mistake

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When the people of the world
live in accord with the subtle Way of the universe,
horses are used for agricultural purposes.
When the people of the world
do not live in accord with the subtle Way of the universe,
then horses, even pregnant mares,
are driven into the battlefield and bred there.
There is no greater calamity for a nation,
or for an individual,
than not finding contentment
with one’s own sufficiency.
There is no greater mistake for a nation,
or for an individual, than to be covetous.
Hence, when one is content within one’s own nature,
one will always have enough.

source: Lao Tzu, Tao Teh Ching
image: Eddie Two Hawks, Eddie’s Garden, May 2012

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22 thoughts on “No Greater Mistake

  1. Contentment is satisfaction with who we are and what we have.
    Contentment is to be in unity with the world we are privileged to inhabit.

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