Success is as dangerous as failure. Hope is as hollow as fear.
What does it mean that success is as dangerous as failure?
Whether you go up the ladder or down it,
your position is shaky.
When you stand with your two feet on the ground,
you will always keep your balance.
What does it mean that hope is as hollow as fear?
Hope and fear are both phantoms
that arise from thinking of self.
When we don’t see the self as self,
what do we have to fear?
See the world as your self.
Have faith in the way things are.
Love the world as yourself;
then you can care for all things.
– Tao Te Ching
George Saunder’s giving advice to graduates and discussing the need for kindness and all the things working against our actually achieving it, and the risk in focusing too much on “success”.