“Politics, War, Peace & The Tao Te Ching”

For our Tao Te Ching – Politics, War, Peace discussion, please consider the following verses from Stephen Mitchell’s  translation of the Tao Te Ching:

Verse 30

“Whoever relies on the Tao in governing men doesn’t try to force issues or defeat enemies by force of arms.

For every force there is a counterforce.Violence, even well intentioned, Always rebounds upon oneself.”

Verse 31

“Weapons are the tools of violence; all decent men detest them. Weapons are the tools of fear;

a decent man will avoid them except in the direst necessity and, if compelled, will use them

only with the utmost restraint.Peace is his highest value. If the peace has been shattered,how can he be content?

His enemies are not demons,but human beings like himself. He doesn’t with them personal harm.

Nor does he rejoice in victory.How could he rejoice in victory and delight in the slaughter of men?

He enters a battle gravely,with sorrow and with great compassion, as if he were attending a funeral?”


Consider the political and social issues facing us today:

The War in Iraq

Terrorism in the M

iddle East, Russia, Indonesia

Conflicts in the development and employment of Nuclear Weapons in North Korea, China, India & Pakistan

How might our world leaders apply the principles of the Tao Te Ching in avoiding violent conflict in today’s world?
How can the ancient teachings of Lao-tzu bring about harmony and peace

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