The supreme good is like water,
which nourishes all things without trying to.
It is content with the low places that people disdain.
Thus it is like a Man Called Da-da.
In dwelling, live close to the ground
because if you live too high, you might be tempted to jump.
In thinking, keep to the simple:
Like you have any choice?
In conflict, be fair and generous:
Or at least fake it.
In governing, don't try to control:
People will only laugh at you.
In work, do what you enjoy:
Children like being taped to the wall.
In family life, run like hell.
When you are content to run like hell
and don't compare or compete,
everyone will respect you.
You are sane.
[Excerpted from Da-da's unpublished third book, The Tao of Da-da (or "Strong Winds CAN Blow All Day"). Void where prohibited. Top load. Medium dry heat.]