HIGH Virtue is non-virtuous;
Therefore it has Virtue.
Low Virtue never frees itself from virtuousness;
Therefore it has no Virtue.
Low Virtue not only fusses but has private ends to serve.
High morality not only fusses but has private ends
High ceremony fusses but finds no response;
Then it tries to enforce itself with rolled-up sleeves.
Failing Virtue, man resorts to humanity.
Failing humanity, man resorts to morality.
Failing morality, man resorts to ceremony.
Now, ceremony is the merest husk of faith and loyalty;
It is the beginning of all confusion and disorder.
Translated by John C. H. Wu
Via Slow Set