being still. . .

by mulberryshoots

Verse 19, taken from Red Pine’s translation of the Tao Te Ching:

“Get rid of wisdom and reason
and people will live a hundred times better
get rid of kindness and justice
and people once more will love and obey
get rid of cleverness and profit
and thieves will cease to exist
but these sayings are not enough
hence let this be added
wear the undyed and hold the uncarved
reduce self-interest and limit desires
get rid of learning and problems will vanish”

Today is independence day.
Maybe this inner alchemy is the Way.