Good Will

Yutang Lin

Good will prevails, enabling joy of peaceful living.
Grudge once stirred up suspicions spiral into a trap.
Prevention never foolproof but a drain to resources.
To amend after a loss we should cultivate harmony.


The foundation of people getting along in harmony is the prevalence of good will. Once grudge arose there will be no end to suspicion, and conflicts would often turn up. Even with watertight prevention it is still difficult to maintain absolute assurance, and the resulting drain on resources could easily turn out to be just a waste. In order to live concurrently in peace we all need to be trustworthy and act in the interest of maintaining harmony.

Written in Chinese on February 18, 2003
Translated on February 19, 2003
El Cerrito, California

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