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Thirty Spokes Together

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By Lao Tzu

Thirty spokes together make a wheel for a cart.
It is the empty space in the centre of the wheel which enables it to be used.

Mould clay into a vessel.
It is the emptiness within that creates the usefulness of the vessel.

Cut out doors and windows in a house.
It is the empty space inside which creates the usefulness of the house.

Thus what we have may be something substantial,
But its usefulness lies in its emptiness.


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