March 08, 2008


Whenever you advise a ruler in the way of Tao,
Counsel him not to use force to conquer the universe.
For this would only cause resistance.
Thorn bushes spring up wherever the army has passed.
Lean years follow in the wake of a great war.
Just do what needs to be done.
Never take advantage of power.

Achieve results,
But never glory in them.
Achieve results,
But never boast.
Achieve results,
But never be proud.Achieve results,
Because this is the natural way.
Achieve results,
But not through violence.

Force is followed by loss of strength.
This is not the way of Tao.
That which goes against the Tao comes to an early end.

Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Ch. 30


martha said...

sigh I do wish George could hear this and understand it....

El Cabrero said...

Yeah, it's a pretty safe bet that W. dodged the Taoism class at Yale. Too bad the world will be paying for it for a long time.