Second Poem Tao-Te-King (Chinese Culture)



Everyone takes beauty for beauty,

and therefore know what is ugly.

Everyone takes the well for good,

and therefore know what is wrong.

Because being and non-being are mutually engender.

How easy and how difficult are complementary.

The long and short form each other.

High and low approach.

The sound and tone harmonize with each other.

Before and after follow each other reciprocally.

Therefore the sage takes the attitude of non – work

and practice teaching without words.

All things appear without his intervention.

Nothing usurps and refuses nothing.

Neither expects reward of their works,

and he doesn’t attribute the finished work,

and so, his work remains with him.


The teaching of this poem tells us that social stereotypes and what people think about the qualities of something influences us. We also know the different qualities of things because we name and label them. Everything in the world has its antagonist, such as different adjectives in the poem. As the sage does not teach with words, making can not be labeled, so you do not have an antagonist. Because the sage wait for things to happen. And the sage does not attribute works of others, neither his own is attributed. When the wise man does something and ends , is part of the world, thus not keeping it to himself, his work always  stays with him.

≡ BY George ≡