Daodejing 11


#11*

Thirty wheel spokes
sharing one hub.
The empty space in
the middle has the
usefulness to a cart.

Knead clay to make a
vessel. The empty space
in the middle has
usefulness to the vessel.

Cutting the door and
the window to make
a room, the empty
space in the middle
has usefulness to
the room.

Therefore, as having
has utility,
nothingness has
usefulness.[1]

*Translation by LU Wenlong & Keith Wayne Brown, ©2013.


[1] All things with an empty aspect as exampled here by Laozi, “have” emptiness. Thus, “nothing” is useful. 

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