#Tao te Ching 57

 

Leaders may use force,

But then they are not leading.

Leading requires having

No action, no purpose, no striving.

 

How do I know?  Look and see

Heavy-handedness creates poverty;

Weapons create fear;

Craftiness creates shady behavior;

The more control,

The less control exists.

 

This is why wise ones say

 

I will not coerce, and

People will transform themselves;

I will not intrude, and

People will prosper;

I will control my desires,

And everyone will do the same.

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