The Master takes action

Posted by $ Dobrien 1 month, 4 weeks ago to Philosophy
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From- The Tao Te Ching
by Lao Tzu
Verse 64

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.
The giant pine tree
grows from a tiny sprout.
The journey of a thousand miles
starts from beneath your feet.

Rushing into action, you fail.
Trying to grasp things, you lose them.
Forcing a project to completion,
you ruin what was almost ripe.

Therefore the Master takes action
by letting things take their course.
He remains as calm
at the end as at the beginning.
He has nothing,
thus has nothing to lose.
What he desires is non-desire;
what he learns is to unlearn.
He simply reminds people
of who they have always been.
He cares about nothing but the Tao.
Thus he can care for all things.


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  • Posted by $ Commander 1 month, 4 weeks ago
    Bynner #63
    Men knowing the way of life
    Do without acting,
    Effect without enforcing,
    Taste without consuming;
    'Through the many they find the few,
    Through the humble the great;'
    They 'respect their foes,'
    They 'face the simple fact before it becomes involved,
    Solve the small problem before it becomes big.'
    The most involved fact in the world
    Could have been faced when it was simple,
    The biggest problem in the world
    Could have been solved when it was small.
    The simple fact that he finds no problem big
    Is a sane man's prime achievement.
    If you say yes too quickly
    You may have to say no,
    If you think things are done too easily
    You may find them hard to do:
    If you face trouble sanely
    It cannot trouble you
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  • Posted by $ TrainzGuy 1 month, 3 weeks ago
    Thank you for this meditation from Tzu. History confirms that men and women are not led by great philosophers, regardless of who comes first or second. Both Eastern and Western cultures have their respective histories of invasion, pillaging, and genocide by the corruptly strong and unethically powerful. What differentiates Rand as a philosopher from the rest is her accurate prediction of the future, thoughtfully realizing that her moral objectivism accepted by a minority would not supplant the greedy subjectivism that guides the majority. The majority, of course, rules in elections. The Gulch is a minority of like-minded believers.
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  • Posted by 25n56il4 1 month, 4 weeks ago
    Personally, I think I've had all the Chinese crap I can take! All I hear from them is a bunch of baloney. If they are so wise why do we send American teachers (like my very good guy friend) to China to teach their college students? NB
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    • Posted by $ Commander 1 month, 4 weeks ago
      It is said Atlas Shrugged is the second most influential work, aside from The Bible
      It is also said Tao te Ching is the second most interpreted work to The Bible.
      Yet Tao precedes The Bible by some 800 to 900 years; precedes Judaism by some 300 years; precedes Aristotle as well.
      As this work has been a part of my philosophical development for 44 years, I found that this has prepared me for objective philosophy far more than Rand;s publishings. And as far as I know, the first objective philosophy documented in human history.
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      • Posted by $ TrainzGuy 1 month, 3 weeks ago
        @Commander: And have you read them all? If so, would you admit that you have been influenced by them all? I can not more credit weekly ham and cabbage dinners every Sunday for my current ability to cook great steaks on the grill than I could say that any one series of writings or any single author has prepared me for objectivism more (or less) than any other. As a polymath, I am a sponge for knowledge, believing that education is our greatest force for social progress. Look to a country's educational system and you will find the seeds of idealism, contentment, or disillusionment. I sense you might agree? In case, attacking an entire culture known to be dominated by a small central authority is hardly objectivism. You can travel within our hemisphere and see the same devastation wrought in Haiti, Venezuela, and Cuba. I like the last line ("If you face trouble sanely, It cannot trouble you.") as a paraphrase of "cooler heads prevail."
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        • Posted by $ Commander 1 month, 3 weeks ago
          Yes to reading most. Urantia Book too....quite a ponderous work. Not all of Rand's, yet the most important one, in my opinion, The Objectivist's Ethics (Her "Romantics" and non-fiction condensed into a 20 page essay). All word-symbol-metaphor influences. Without these "symbols" we'd not be Sapiens. This is a relationship/choice dynamic. I have discovered that I refer to Tao te Ching when I perceive conflict in my thoughts and my perceptions of interaction with others. It is a simplicity beyond the complex in perception and conceptualization.

          Humans have developed many "Hows" [sic] Constitutions, yet I've not come upon a formally based "Why" [sic] Philosophy, as a formal pretext of explanation, incorporated into, or as preamble to, a "Constitution". Example: I've been told many times that I need to refer to The Federalist Papers or The Declaration of Independence to understand the "Why" of The US Constitution. Why has this not been done? A good Quest-I-On or Quest-Shun? A choice.

          I'd love to continue this more in depth, yet, My (very possessive) Gulcher's beckon and the chicken poo needs spreadin'

          Pax!
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