Nov 7

The Tao of Sunday

I need to be more with it when updating the Tao articles.  Last time, I skipped a chapter, so I would like to discuss LXVI briefly. And maybe, since the election, leadership should be discussed.  I know not a lot of people really loved Obama’s concession speech after the Republicans took the house.  But maybe he’s a little bit like this?  He is setting himself up as a servant of the people instead of saying he is above it all.  And actually, despite the fact that I would prefer him to crush Republican opposition regardless, I would say that this is something I like about Obama.  When Bush won in 2000, despite the fact that it was sketchy, and he had no mandate, he was like, “Well, I’m your president now, bitches.” Obama, who actually had a mandate, was much more humble about it.It might be part of why the Republicans didn’t take both houses (despite that it is a statistical trend for an opposition to take both houses in the midterm).

But just so we’re clear: I’m not looking to Republican political gains. Frack that.

All streams flow to the sea
because it is lower than they are.
Humility gives it its power.

If you want to govern the people,
you must place yourself below them.
If you want to lead the people,
you must learn how to follow them.

The Master is above the people,
and no one feels oppressed.
She goes ahead of the people,
and no one feels manipulated.
The whole world is grateful to her.
Because she competes with no one,
no one can compete with her.


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