A path to integrity

“Great perfection appears defective, but its usefulness is not diminished.

Great fullness appears empty, but its usefulness is not diminished.

Great straightness seems crooked.

Great cleverness seems clumsy.

Great triumph seems awkward.

Bustling about vanquishes cold; standing still vanquishes heat.

Pure and still, one can put all things right under heaven.”

-Lao Tzu

Every action is equal part its opposite: we obtain different results from the same instruments of change. Even success can become failure, as failure can in turn be triumph. Greatness is not absolute, but the purity of its intent is what defines a person with integrity.

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