Poems of Meng Jiao
Have a Drink
Broad daylight, without a shadow.
Clear river, without a ripple.
If you're not living a full lifetime,
What's the good of all these years?
In your hall, set out fine wine.
Fill your hall with bright song.
Sing and drink, only the best.
Don't say, I can't indulge.
Honesty and virtue increase by years.
Gravestones increase day by day.
Look out on these Zhongnan mountains,
A thousand ages of beautiful majesty.
Not doing a thing is never a virtue. Not doing isn't even Daoist non-action, which is better translated as "unmediated action." Only virtuous doing is a virtue. And a virtuous human being can do other human things, like drink. Or smoke. In the end, such things are no more important than a chosen hairstyle or a fashion of clothes. It's what you actually do that matters.