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Monday, May 19, 2014

Losing The Way 30-31

Losing The Way 30-31

By Lao Tzu. Tao Te Ching
Axis of Logic
May 19, 2014


If you use the Way to help a ruler of people,
you never use weapons to coerce all beneath heaven.

Such things always turn against you.

Fields where soldiers camp,
turn to thorns and bramble,
and vast armies on the march,
leave years of misery behind.

The noble prevail if they must, then stop:
they never press on to coerce the world.

Prevail, but never presume.

Prevail, but never boast.

Prevail, but never exult.

Prevail, but never when there's another way.

This is to prevail without coercing.

Things grown strong soon grow old.

This is called losing the Way.

Lose the Way and you die young.


Auspicious weapons are the tools of misfortune.

Things may not all despise such tools,
but a master of the Way stays clear of them.

The noble-minded treasure the left when home
and the right when taking up weapons of war.

Weapons are tools of misfortune,
not tools of the noble minded.

When there's no other way,
they take up weapons with tranquil calm,
finding no glory in victory.

To find glory in victory,
is to savor killing people,
and if you savor killing people,
you'll never guide all beneath heaven.

We honor the left in celebrations,
and honor the right in lamentations,
so captains stand on the left,
and generals on the right.

But use them both as if conducting a funeral.

When so many people are being killed,
it should be done with tears and mourning.

And victory too should be conducted like a funeral.

Transcribed by Axis of Logic from the book,
"Tao Te Ching" as translated by David Hinton.

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