Water is the blood of the Earth and flows through its muscles and veins.
Therefore it is said that water is something that has complete faculties.
Water is accumulated in Heaven and Earth, and stored up in all the things of the world.
It is concentrated in living creatures.
Therefore it is said that water is something spiritual.
Humans are water. It is our refined essence.
There is not one of the various things which is not produced through it.
It is only the person who knows how to rely on water’s principles who can act properly.
Hence, the solution for the Sage who would transform the world lies in water.
When water is uncontaminated, people’s hearts are upright.
When water is pure, people’s hearts are at ease.
People’s hearts being upright, their desires do not become dissolute. People’s hearts being upright, their conduct is without evil.
Hence the Sage does not teach people one by one, or house by house, but takes water as his key.
Kuan Tzu (7th century BCE)