Daodejing 57

Leaders who use force
are not leading.

Leading requires doing nothing–
no pushing, no direction.

How do I know? Look around you—
pushiness creates poverty;
weapons create fear;
craftiness creates shady behavior . . .

The more attempts at control,
the less control exists.

This is why those free of themselves 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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