but God shows no preference for either, and therefore we have the year complete.
- With results which could not be otherwise achieved.
The functions of the various classes of officials differ; but the sovereign shows no partiality, and therefore the empire is governed. There are the civil and the military; but the truly great man shows no preference for either, and therefore their efficacy is complete. All things are under the operation of varying laws; but Tao shows no partiality and therefore it cannot be identified.
- As the given part of anything.
Not being able to be identified, it consequently does nothing. And by doing nothing all things can be done.
"Seasons have their beginnings and their ends. Generations change and change. Good and evil fortune alternate, bringing sorrow here, happiness there.
- Nunc mihi, nunc alio, benigna.
He who obstinately views things from his own standpoint only, may be right in one case and wrong in another. Just as in a great jungle all kinds of shrubs are found together; or as on a mountain you see trees and stones indiscriminately mixed,—so is what we call society."
"Would it not do then," asked Shao Chih, "if we were to call this Tao?"
"It would not," replied T'ai Kung Tiao. "All