Daodejing 31

Weapons are instruments of death. Therefore, living things hate them. Followers of the way avoid weapons except in direstcircumstance, preferring calm. Avoid victory by force— violence leads only to violence. Remember: a killer is never trusted long. Celebrate a victory like a funeral. Advertisements

Daodejing 24

Those who stand on tiptoes  do not stand firmly.   Those with long strides  do not walk comfortably.   Those with loud opinions  never get heard.    Those showing off  do not shine.    No one sees the conceited as worthy.   From the point of view of the way   all the above are … More Daodejing 24

Daodejing 15

The masters of the way of the creative universe, back in the old days, knew the elusive mysteries. Still, they shuddered like someone crossing an icy stream; they stayed awake at night, like people afraid of their neighbors; They were serious, like those at a dinner with powerful people. They were pliable, like melting ice; … More Daodejing 15

Daodejing 14

We look, yet do not see, and so we say the way of the creative universe is hard to see. We listen, yet do not hear, and so we say it is hard to hear. We grasp at it, yet do not hold it, and so name it “too hard to hold.” Despite all these … More Daodejing 14

Daodejing 13

Fear disgrace; fear favor; consider honor and rejection equal in every way. What does it mean to fear both favor and disgrace? It means respect for both. What does it mean to say “consider honor and rejection equal in every way”? It means living contains both. Those who lead others as they lead themselves and … More Daodejing 13