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Single Idea 6330

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / A. Value / 2. Values / d. Death]

Full Idea

It is just because one has no use for life that one is wiser than the man who values life.

Gist of Idea

One with no use for life is wiser than one who values it


Lao Tzu (Tao Te Ching [c.350 BCE], II.LXXV.181a)

Book Reference

Lao Tzu: 'Tao Te Ching', ed/tr. Lau,D.C. [Penguin 1963], p.137

A Reaction

To have no use for life certainly seems to put a person into a position of superiority, especially when the 'Titanic' is sinking. However, if our lives have no value, I don't know what does. A balance must clearly be struck.