Monthly Archives: November 2014

Attitudes Toward Peace

On June 10, 1963 President Kennedy gave the commencement address at the recently formed American University in Washington D.C. Many believe that it was one, if not, his finest speech. What is remarkable is that given all that has unfolded … Continue reading

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Letting Things Take Their Course

What is rooted is easy to nourish. What is recent is easy to correct. What is brittle is easy to break. What is small is easy to scatter. Prevent trouble before it arises. Put things in order before they exist. … Continue reading

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A Series of Small Acts

Act without doing; work without effort. Think of the small as large and the few as many. Confront the difficult while it is still easy; accomplish the great task by a series of small acts. The Master never reaches for … Continue reading

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Simple: Seek and Find, Mistake and Forgiven

The Tao is the center of the universe, the good man’s treasure, the bad man’s refuge. Honors can be bought with fine words, respect can be won with good deeds; but the Tao is beyond all value, and no one … Continue reading

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The Shadow That He Himself Casts

When a country obtains great power, it becomes like the sea: all streams run downward into it. The more powerful it grows, the greater the need for humility. Humility means trusting the Tao, thus never needing to be defensive. A … Continue reading

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Hospitality and Appreciation

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 … Continue reading

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Mark of a Moderate Man

For governing a country well there is nothing better than moderation. The mark of a moderate man is freedom from his own ideas. Tolerant like the sky, all-pervading like sunlight, firm like a mountain, supple like a tree in the … Continue reading

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