No Disturbing

Yutang Lin

Caring for others in virtuous ways, advice is offered.
Frank words being harsh to the ears, seldom accepted.
Refraining from making speech to show no disturbing.
Dusts having fallen on the ground, easier to see clearly.


Advice is offered in order to help achieve improvement. However, due to the vast differences in people's views and ways, such offers often turn out to be ineffectual employment of speeches. At such junctures it would be wise to remain silent and accept one's inability to convince others. Thus mutual disturbance could be avoided. Once the antagonism built up by words has diminished, it would become easier for people involved to see the facts clearly by themselves.

Written in Chinese and translated on April 27, 2001
El Cerrito, California

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