“Tao Teh Ching: Chapter 68” by Lao Tzu

A good soldier is never aggressive;
A good fighter is never angry.
The best way of conquering an enemy
Is to win him over by not antagonising him.
The best way of employing a man
Is to serve under him.
This is called the virtue of non-striving!
This is called using the abilities of men!
This is called being wedded to Heaven as of old!

I love this passage, especially the lines: “The best way of conquering an enemy / Is to win him over by not antagonising him.” This conveys a sense of civility that really seems to be missing in our public forums. More and more, the way individuals are dealing with people who have opposing views is to shut them down, scream at them, threaten them, or worse, physically attack them. No one has ever changed another person’s mind through abuse. I feel that if people toned down the rhetoric, we would find common ground and accomplish more.

Thanks for taking the time to read this post. I hope it inspires you.


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7 responses to ““Tao Teh Ching: Chapter 68” by Lao Tzu

  1. We live in times exactly opposite to that…

  2. Thats the key Jeff. Trying to find common ground. It’s a crazy world out there…

  3. Kai Hodge

    Read this also Jeff and its been life changing I do have agree with your poit about civility it is definitely missing in modern online discourse. we cannot win over others by rerating them, calling them names or diminishing what they see as reality. my favorite part of this book is “Be like water” lay low and allow others to flow to you. It is especially true in this loud social media driven world where everyone has something to say and wants to be validated and seen.

  4. I love this too. You are so right about the state of angry rhetoric these days.

    • Yeah, if people would spend half as much energy being kind than they expend being angry, the world would be a very different place. Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday.