Sine qua non

The sine qua non for change, Lao Tzu reminds us, is humility. We forget at our peril.

The Fragile Nature of Earth
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“Do you want to improve the world?
I don’t think it can be done.

The world is sacred.
It can’t be improved.
If you tamper with it, you’ll ruin it.
If you treat it like an object, you’ll lose it.”*
Lao Tzu (604-531 BCE)

* Stephen Mitchell, trans. Tao Te Ching, A New English Version (New York: Harper and Row, 1988), p. 29.