Tao Te Ching – Chapter 27
A good traveler has no fixed plans
and is not intent upon arriving.
A good artist lets his intuition
lead him wherever it wants.
A good scientist has freed himself of concepts
and keeps his mind open to what is.
Thus the Master is available to all people
and doesn’t reject anyone.
He is ready to use all situations
and doesn’t waste anything.
This is called embodying the light.
What is a good man but a bad man’s teacher?
What is a bad man but a good man’s job?
If you don’t understand this, you will get lost,
however intelligent you are.
It is the great secret.
States of the Unions
The Power of Positive Influence
The U.S. is increasingly being overlooked as a positive influence on the world stage, according to a survey from Ipsos MORI. 18,000 people were polled in 25 nations and only 40 percent of them felt that the U.S. has a strong or somewhat positive influence on global affairs. That was far behind its northern neighbor Canada, which was seen as setting a good global example by 81 percent of the survey’s respondents.
The U.S. also trailed China and it dropped 24 percentage points since last year’s survey. That’s primarily due to faltering global confidence in President Trump’s leadership as well as rising skepticism about his “America First” policies. Canada, Germany and France are seen as remaining relatively neutral amid a global tidal wave of nationalistic populism. Amid the ongoing Brexit saga, both Britain and the European Union are seen as having positive influence by 57 percent of people. Israel and Iran are only seen as having a good global influence by 32 and 21 percent of people respectively.
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