I really hate to invoke Hitler or the Nazis into any conversation, particularly on posts on the Internet. Typically, I invoke Godwin’s Law, which states: There is a direct correlation between length of an argument on the Internet and the likelihood of Nazis being mentioned. And that the person who brings Nazis into the argument automatically loses. I extrapolate this into real life as well: that if Nazis are mentioned by a person in an argument with me, then I automatically invoke Godwin’s Law and declare myself the winner.
So will not use the obvious “Hitler wouldn’t step aside!” argument in response to Chapter LX. Instead, I will say, “The Hutus in Rwanda wouldn’t have stepped aside as they massacred their countrymen!” See? That way Lao Tzu doesn’t win the argument.
Governing a large country
is like frying a small fish.
You spoil it with too much poking.
Center your country in the Tao
and evil will have no power.
Not that it isn’t there,
but you’ll be able to step out of its way.
Give evil nothing to oppose
and it will disappear by itself.