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All the World's a Stage

Dao is so versatile! She can act and direct!

Everything exists because of her, and she conjures us, but not to adore her. When the story ends, we don't even know her name. She nurtures and provides for us and we don't even notice. Objectively, you could say that we take her for granted. Everything happens because of her and we don't even notice. You could say she's the star of the show. Ultimately, she tells great stories because she doesn't sing her own praise.

Notes

This is one of a few poems that address directly, and in this one, true greatness is anonymous and goes unnoticed.

is an expression from chapter 1 that describes the objective state beyond desire that lets us , observe its subtleties, as opposed to , the subjective state of longing that , gives it meaning.

It's a love story.

Vocabulary

大 37 + 0
big, great, vast, large, high
dào
辵 162 + 9
path, road, street; method, way
fàn
水 85 + 3
float, drift; afloat; careless
八 12 + 2
exclamatory particle
八 12 + 6
his, her, its, their; that
口 30 + 2
may, can, -able; possibly
zuǒ
工 48 + 2
left; east; unorthodox, improper
yòu
口 30 + 2
right; west; right-wing
wàn
禸 114 + 8
ten thousand; innumerable
牛 93 + 4
thing, substance, creature
shì
心 61 + 6
rely on, presume on, trust to
zhī
丿 4 + 3
marks preceding phrase as modifier of following phrase; it, him her, them; go to
ér
而 126 + 0
and; and then; and yet; but
shēng
生 100 + 0
life, living, lifetime; birth
一 1 + 3
no, not; un-; negative prefix
辛 160 + 12
words, speech, expression, phrase
gōng
力 19 + 3
achievement, merit, good result
chéng
戈 62 + 2
completed, finished, fixed
míng
口 30 + 3
name, rank, title, position
yǒu
月 74 + 2
have, own, possess; exist
衣 145 + 0
clothes, clothing; cover, skin
yǎng
食 184 + 6
raise, rear, bring up; support
wèi
火 86 + 5
do, handle, govern, act; be
zhǔ
丶 3 + 4
master, chief owner; host; lord
cháng
巾 50 + 8
common, normal, frequent, regular
火 86 + 8
negative, no, not; lack, have no
欠 76 + 7
desire, want, long for; intend
方 70 + 4
in, at, on; interjection alas!
xiǎo
小 42 + 0
small, tiny, insignificant
guī
止 77 + 14
return; return to, revert to
yān
火 86 + 7
thereupon, then; how? why? where?
人 9 + 3
by means of; thereby, therefore; consider as; in order to
zhōng
糸 120 + 5
end; finally, in the end
自 132 + 0
self, private, personal; from
攴 66 + 5
ancient, old; reason, because
néng
肉 130 + 6
to be able; can, permitted to; ability
guān
見 147 + 18
see, observe, view; appearance
miào
女 38 + 4
mysterious, subtle; exquisite
jiǎo
彳 60 + 13
frontier, border; inspect, patrol