I find there to be profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and I marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and from across cultures. They speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned. Quotes, like proverbs, make us think more deeply about something.
Each Thursday, I post a Proverb or Saying and a Quote that I find thought-provoking.
I hope you think so too.
I have never before sourced a quote or proverb from Kenya, and so I was delighted to find Sifiso’s wonderful blog, which was the source of the following proverb:
A man who uses force is afraid of reasoning –
The Quote this week comes from Tao Te Ching; which Wikipedia tells us, “.. is a fundamental text for both philosophical and religious Taoism. The Tao Te Ching is ascribed to Lao Tzu, whose historical existence has been a matter of scholastic debate. His name, which means “Old Master,” has only fueled controversy on this issue.” (Kaltenmark 1969:10).
He who knows he has enough is rich –
Tao Te Ching
Do you agree with the quote?
There is much excess in the world, and it seems in the West, that we have begun to depreciate what we already have.
Strip back modern life to absolute essentials and we realise how much excess we accumulate during life. Is it morally acceptable or morally repugnant when others go hungry or find basic living a struggle?
Should we not live more simply, so that more might simply live?
Why do we persist with this collecting strategy, when we know for certain we are but passing custodians – we cannot take material goods with us when we die!
Please let me know your thoughts in a comment below.
Something Proverbial to Ponder About