A few years ago, I took some Aikido classes for self-defense purposes. And Chapter XXX really reminds me of some of their teachings. Essentially, you use the other person’s motion in your favor in order to defend yourself. Using the flow of energy, you can get what you want. Obviously, there is a philosophy around this, and I think this chapter really encapsulates it.
Whoever relies on the Tao in governing men
doesn’t try to force issues
or defeat enemies by force of arms.
For every force there is a counterforce.
Violence, even well intentioned,
always rebounds upon oneself.
The Master does his job
and then stops.
He understands that the universe
is forever out of control,
and that trying to dominate events
goes against the current of the Tao.
Because he believes in himself,
he doesn’t try to convince others.
Because he is content with himself,
he doesn’t need others’ approval.
Because he accepts himself,
the whole world accepts him.