The Sage and the Physicist

The Physicist does not tell me not to study.
The Sage does not furnish his text with citations.
The Sage does not postulate gravity and light.
The Physicist is silent on yin, yang and qi.
The Physicist does not claim that Name is the Mother.
The Sage does not construct a non-commutative algebra.
The Sage does not calculate quarks and anti-quarks that suddenly spawn from the void.
The Physicist does not intone verses that have lost their oral context.
The Physicist does not say Dao engenders One which engenders Two which engenders Three.
The Sage does not mention that Higgs thing that splits the trinity.
The Sage does not theorise strong and weak and bright electromagnetic.
The Physicist does not invoke a mysterious Three that engenders the ten thousand things.

The Physicist does not invoke a mysterious Three that engenders the ten thousand things.
The Sage does not theorise strong and weak and bright electromagnetic.
The Sage does not mention that Higgs thing that splits the trinity.
The Physicist does not say Dao engenders One which engenders Two which engenders Three.
The Physicist does not intone verses that have lost their oral context.
The Sage does not calculate quarks and anti-quarks that suddenly spawn from the void.
The Sage does not construct a non-commutative algebra.
The Physicist does not claim that Name is the Mother.
The Physicist is silent on yin, yang and qi.
The Sage does not postulate gravity and light.
The Sage does not furnish his text with citations.
The Physicist does not tell me not to study.

The italicised text is from the 道德经 (Dào Dé Jīng), traditionally attributed to 老子 (Lǎozi), translated by Stephen Addiss and Stanley Lombardo, Hackett Publishing 1993, chapter 42.

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