Turn off the radio.
There is a songbird outside.
Each morning he comes to share his melody.
His notes echo in the stillness of the morning
as the sun finds its way over the horizon.
Confident and proud he sings “I am here”
Then he flies away.
Now the silence is audible.
Under heaven all can see beauty as beauty only because there is ugliness.
All can know good as good only because there is evil.
Therefore having and not having arise together.
Difficult and easy complement each other.
Long and short contrast each other:
High and low rest upon each other;
Voice and sound harmonize each other;
Front and back follow one another.
Therefore the sage goes about doing nothing, teaching no-talking.
The ten thousand things rise and fall without cease, Creating, yet not.
Working, yet not taking credit.
Work is done, then forgotten.
Therefore it lasts forever.
-Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching, Chapter 2, Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English Translation