The Zoo Fence

The way that can be spoken of
Is not the constant way;
The name that can be named
Is not the constant name.
The nameless was the beginning
of heaven and earth;
The named was the mother
of the myriad creatures.
Hence always rid yourself of desires
in order to observe its secrets;
But always allow yourself
to have desires
in order to observe
its manifestations.
These two are the same
But diverge in name
as they issue forth.
Being the same
they are called mysteries,
Mystery upon mystery —
The gateway
of the manifold secrets.

Tao Te Ching (Book I)


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