The Tao (way) of Heaven,
Is it not like the bending of a bow?
The top comes down and the bottom-end goes up?
The extra (length) is shortened, the insufficient (width) is expanded.
It is the Way of Heaven to take away from those that have too much
And give to those that have not enough.
Not so with human’s way:
S/he takes away from those that have not
And gives it as tribute to those that have too much.
Who can have enough and to spare to give to the entire world?
Only the wo/man of Tao.
Therefore the Sage acts, but does not possess,
Accomplishes but lays claim to no credit,
Because he/she has no wish to seem superior.
Page 305-306, Chapter 77 from fromLao Tzu: The Wisdom of Laotse by Lin Yutang
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