Thursday, 2 August 2007

lao tzu

the scouser king puts it best when he says: you know, really, i just don't like people. and we agree that it's true, that sometimes we talk so much that we come to hate the sound of our own voices even after we've returned home, sit in quiet rooms doing whatever it is we do, TV or radio kept off, not going out, just to stay away from the press of humanity. but not not for long, just a break, a hiatus, a lacuna, breathing space

verse 57

If you want to be a great leader,
you must learn to follow the Tao.
Stop trying to control.
Let go of fixed plans and concepts,
and the world will govern itself.

The more prohibitions you have,
the less virtuous people will be.
The more weapons you have,
the less secure people will be.
The more subsidies you have,
the less self-reliant people will be.

Therefore the Master says:
I let go of the law,
and people become honest.
I let go of economics,
and people become prosperous.
I let go of religion,
and people become serene.
I let go of all desire for the common good,
and the good becomes common as grass.

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