Verse 50 The Forces of Life and Death
Every one of us is born,
And everyone dies.
However, three of every ten
seem to be born to live,
three seem to be born to die,
and three live lifefully or deathfully
according to their chosen life styles.
But only one in ten
seems to survive all dangers.
When walking through the jungle,
she never fears the rhinoceros
because there seems to be no place in her to butt his horns.
She never fears the tiger
because there seems to be no place to sink his claws,
and she never fears weapons
because there seems to be no place their steel can penetrate.
This is the fulfilled person of the Great Integrity
who leaves no space in life for premature death.
“The Tao Te Ching, A New Translation”
By: Ralph Alan Dale
Published by 'Sahy' It Aloud