Yutang Lin

Wise or foolish to great variance, good and evil mixed;
Longing for perfection, where in the world to be found?
Stop and give up comparisons to exit the narrow arena;
Undertaking the totality as a whole, one sees panorama.


It is only rare to see perfection in this world. One needs to first stop comparison and haggling in order to exit narrow-minded shallowness. Then one needs to learn to undertake things in totality, and only afterwards will one be able to see things with a panoramic view.

Written in Chinese on January 21, 2003
Translated on January 23, 2003
El Cerrito, California

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