Daodejing 31

Weapons are instruments of death.
Therefore, living things hate them.

Followers of the way avoid
weapons except in direst
circumstance, preferring calm.

Avoid victory by force—

violence leads
only to violence.

Remember: a killer
is never trusted long.

Celebrate a victory
like a funeral.

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  1. Yes, a victory over pain and struggle for some, and a joyful move forward on the path. But along the path before death, we can also take joy in the antics of adolescent squirrels and mule deerr practicing to be “grown ups” and the other simple beauty in the woods. There may be violence there, too, but only in the forever natural order of life.

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