Forbearance: When people see some things as beautiful, ugliness is created. When people see some things as good, evil is created.
Freedom from Desire: Colors blind the eye. Sounds deafen the ear. Flavors make the palate go stale. Too much activity weakens the mind. Too much wealth causes crime.Where there is no desire, all things are at peace.Desire is the fuel of the ego. You will never find your true self as long as this fire burns in you. Even the desire to be virtuous will corrupt you in the end. True goodness comes from emptiness, where thinking has stopped and the fire has been extinguished.
Harmony (Yin and Yang): All things carry Yin yet embrace Yang. They blend their life breaths in order to produce harmony.
Humility: Because she isn’t self-centered, people can see the light in her. Because she does not boast of herself, she becomes a shining example. Because she does not glorify herself, she becomes a person of merit. Because she wants nothing from the world, the world cannot overcome her.The great view the small as their source, and the high takes the low as their foundation. Their greatest asset becomes their humility.
Independence: Chase after money and security, and your heart will never unclench. Care about people’s approval, and you will be their prisoner.
Inner Vision: The master observes the world but trusts his inner vision. He allows things to come and go. His heart is open as the sky.
Kindness: The highest good is not to seek to do good, but to allow yourself to become it. The ordinary person seeks to do good things, and finds that he cannot do them continually. The kind person acts from the heart, and accomplishes a multitude of things.
Love: Love the whole world as if it were yourself; then you will truly care for all things.
Malleability: A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent upon arriving. A good artist lets his intuition lead him wherever it wants. A good scientist has freed herself of concepts and keeps her mind open to what is.
Modesty: The Master views the parts with compassion, because he understands the whole. His constant practice is humility. He doesn’t glitter like a jewel but lets himself be shaped by the Tao, as rugged and common as stone.
Non-possessiveness: Things come her way and she does not stop them; things leave and she lets them go. She has without possessing, and acts without any expectations. When her work is done, she forgets it. That is why it will last forever.
Passivity: Those who rely on the Tao in governing men don’t try to force issues by force of arms. For every force there is a counterforce; using force always leads to unseen troubles. Violence, even well intentioned, always rebounds upon oneself. War can result when no other alternative is given, so the one who overcomes an enemy should not dominate them. The Master does his job and then stops. Because he believes in himself, he doesn’t try to dominate others. Because he is content with himself, he doesn’t need others’ approval. Because he accepts himself, the world accepts him.
If peace is her true objective, how can she rejoice in the victory of war? The death of many should be greeted with sorrow, and the victory celebration should honor those who have died.