Under heaven all can see beauty as beauty, only because there is ugliness.
All can know good as good only because there is evil.
Being and nonbeing produce each other.
The difficult is born in the easy.
Long is defined by short, the high by the low.
Before and after go along with each other.
So the sage lives openly with apparent duality and paradoxical unity.
The sage can act without effort and teach without words.
Nurturing things without possessing them,
he works, but not for rewards;
he competes, but not for results.
When the work is done, it is forgotten.
That is why it lasts forever.
~ Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life by Dr. Wayne Dyer
There is just one simple answer to explain this verse that took me a while to wrap my head around it. Understand both sides of the story and don’t choose either side to be on, which will make you the wisest person out there.
We all have our own opinions of what we think is beautiful or ugly or what is good and evil. But we cannot judge either side or side with one more than the other. I think we need to accept what is and be grateful for what we have. What ever we do in our lives will leave an imprint on someones’ life that will last forever.