TAO: ‘THE THREE TREASURES (HART VOOR TAO 73)
I have three treasures which I hold and keep.
The first treasure is called meek-heartedness (compassion).
The second treasure thrift (sobriety).
The third treasure is: dare to be not the first (humility).
(Lao Zi, Daodejing 67)
The first treasure: meek-heartedness
In the world of contradictions – our world – love can turn into its opposite. Human love is usually limited: what is known will be loved and the unknown is excluded. Love as we know it is also variable: something loved in a certain period of life, can be abhorred in another phase. The love of which Lao Tzu speaks is of a different nature: it is not bound by time and space and cannot turn into its opposite. Lees verder