Verse 53

Posted in A few words from Lao Tzu (or someone like him) on May 21st, 2006 by bill
And now, a few words from Lao Tzu, as transmitted to me postally by Gentleman James Foley. Keep in mind that though the translation is modern, these words were written 2500 years ago.

Tao Te Ching, Verse 53
If I had the least wisdom I could follow the Tao very well My only fear would be going my own way The great path is simple and direct But people prefer byways Look how magnificent civilization has become The women in the finest fashion The men with the slickest gadgets Food and drink everywhere Wealth and finery abound! Yet in the shadow of this splendor, The economy slows Personal debt is very high Possessions have accumulated in excess This robber's extravagance goes against the grain of the universe It is not Tao Indeed