Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Ancient wisdom still works

When a government is more benign,
the people are more productive.
When a government is more tyrannical,
the people are more rebellious.

But whatever the government,
if disaster is the bitter fruit of others’ good fortune,
How long can such injustice be tolerated?
How long we have endured the hypocrisies!

Those pretending to be righteous act deceitfully.
Those pretending to be religious revert to evil.
We have been deluded!
And each day it becomes worse!

Be firm and armed, but do no harm!
Be as sharp as a knife, but do not cut!
Be ready to transform, but do not provoke!
Illuminate the darkness of ignorance, but do not be blind!

- Lao Tsu

Just keep yourself honed.

1 comment:

The Blue Pamphlet said...

The Tao Te Ching is my friend. :)