The origin of Dao
Lao-zi said: those who serve the living react to changes and act, since life changes with seasons – the conduct is not constant. Therefore [The Dao that can be trodden is not the enduring and unchanging Dao. The name that can be named is not the enduring and unchanging name.]
The scribe’s are those who produce words, once the words become accepted wisdom, the wise ones stop knowing, which is not the constant Dao. The name that can be named is not in the archives. [much hearing – much poorness, better to guard center], [stop learning – no sadness], [stop sage-hood, reject wisdom - people benefit hundredfold].
People born are quiet with Heavenly nature, they react to things and move, the nature is harmed; things come, they react, the wisdom becomes unstable; the wisdom joins with things - love and hatred appear; love and hatred encrust, the wisdom is enticed outside, can not go back and the Heavenly principle is extinguished.
That is why the sages do not join people betraying Heaven; outside they change with things with no mature passions inside; that is why they reach Dao, return to calmness, empty of things and never acting. They nourish wisdom in quiescence, join spirits in equanimity, achieve the limitless, follow Heaven and travel Dao; but following people means joining the mundane.
That is why the sages in services do not cheat Heaven, and do not disturb passions with desires, (due to that) they do not scheme but get, do no speak but are trusted, do not think but obtain, do not act but complete. That is why they get on top but populace is not oppressed, they get in front but people are not harmed, the Under Heaven gathers round them, the vice is scared away, they do not straggle with all things so none dares to straggle with them.