water and stone

What’s softest in the world
rushes and runs
over what’s hardest in the world.

The immaterial
the impenetrable.

So I know the good in not doing.

The wordless teaching,
the profit in not doing–
not many people understand it.

Lao Tzu
Ursula K Le Guin’s version

Be still. Be permanent. Be nothing. Be everything.

The world was once a quiet place. A chaotic place.