Feb 4

The Tao of Friday

Well, given the recent events in Egypt, Chapter LXXVII seems pretty pertinent. When leaders take too much for too long from their people, corrective action is sometimes necessary. Considering that the average Egyptian lives on $2 a day, whereas Mubarak has raked in billions from foreign aid, it makes sense that it is long past time for him to go.

As it acts in the world, the Tao
is like the bending of a bow.
The top is bent downward;
the bottom is bent up.
It adjusts excess and deficiency
so that there is perfect balance.
It takes from what is too much
and give to what isn’t enough.

Those who try to control,
who use force to protect their power,
go against the direction of the Tao.
They take from those who don’t have enough
and give to those who have far too much.

The Master can keep giving
because there is no end to her wealth.
She acts without expectation,
succeeds without taking credit,
and doesn’t think that she is better
than anyone else.


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