Day 12: January 12 – Plenty Breeds Pride

~ The Summer Palace, Beijing

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Garden Obelisk

The great Tao (or way) is very level and easy; but people love the by-ways.

Their court(-yards and buildings) shall be well kept, but their fields shall be ill-cultivated,and their granaries very empty.

They shall wear elegant and ornamented robes, carry a sharp sword at their girdle, pamper themselves in eating and drinking, and have a superabundance of property and wealth;

–such (princes) may be called robbers and boasters.

This is contrary to the Tao surely!

~ Tao Dejing

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On This Day

1519: Death of Emperor Maximilian I, the man who made Austria into a great power.

1625: Jan Bruegel the Elder, Flemish painter, dies.

1882: Wagner’s Parsifal is completed in Palermo, Italy.

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