A disciple of Confucius once set off with his students on a journey. As they walked, they happened by a very old man engaged in digging a ditch from a well to a garden. The old man was pouring water from a pitcher into the ditch. The water disappeared into the dust long before it … More Daoist Zhuangzi “The Trouble with Machines”
The unchanging way remains unmanageable. Even though it is small and simple, no one dares claim to be its master. If leaders really mastered it,all would submit to them—the skyand earth would suddenly unite, raining down plenty, and all people would share,fairly, without compulsion. When the way becomes action,we have a name for that … More Daodejing 32
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.
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
Forget wisdom; stop being an expert; then everybody is better off. When we stop talking about justice, we will find honest compassion. When we drop rhetoric and forget scheming, there will be no more theft. Three things lead toward understanding the way of the universe: See simply; act in accord with … More Daodejing 19