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(or: Yes, It’s Pornographic)

Know the Male but hold to the Female:
be the Canyon of the world.
As Canyon of the world,
true Virtue runs through you,
and true Virtue always returns
to the childlike.

Know the Pure but hold to the Impure:
be the Valley of the world.
As Valley of the world,
true Virtue grows in you,
and true Virtue always returns
to the uncarved block.

Know the White but hold to the Black:
be the Pattern of the world.
As Pattern of the world,
true Virtue follows you,
and true Virtue always returns
to the endless.

When the block is carved,
it becomes a tool;
when the Consultant is hired,
he becomes a project lead.
Remember, though: the greatest woodcarver
works with the material, not against it,
and need not split the block to begin with.

 


chapter notes:

Aside from inserting the Consultant into the final verse, the changes I have made to this chapter are more along the lines of adding cohesion to the original sense, rather than converting it to some new relevance.

Unlike most such cases, I have left the imagery of the feminine pretty much alone (except for pointing the subtitle at it…).

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