Tao Te Ching
by Lao Tze


1. When the Great Tao (Way or Method) ceased to be observed,

benevolence and righteousness came into vogue. (Then) appeared wisdom

and shrewdness, and there ensued great hypocrisy.

2. When harmony no longer prevailed throughout the six kinships,

filial sons found their manifestation; when the states and clans fell

into disorder, loyal ministers appeared.