The Book of the Right Way by Laozi – 11

11

Thirty rods together make one wheel.

The utility of the car that uses the wheel arises from the vacuousness of the latter.

Just as one turns clay on a lathe,

So the utility of the pot depends on its vacuousness.

Similarly, the utility of the room

Arises from its vacuous windows and doors.

Thus we take advantage of what is,

But we use that which is not.

老 子:  「道 德 經」 :  第 十 一 章

    三 十 輻 , 共 一 轂 , 當 其 無 , 有 車 之 用 。
埏 埴 以 為 器 , 當 其 無 , 有 器 之 用 。
鑿 戶 牖 以 為 室 , 當 其 無 , 有 室 之 用 。
故 有 之 以 為 利 , 無 之 以 為 用 。

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