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Good weapons are instruments of fear; all creatures hate them.
Therefore followers of Tao never use them.
The wise man prefers the left.
The man of war prefers the right.

 

What's "the left", peace, love?

Something that's the opposite of fear

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Here’s the rest of the verse. 
 

If you think of hands, usually the right hand is dominant and strong, left is passive/receiving. 
 

But maybe as the verse says, “Peace and quiet are dear to his heart”

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Yin and Yang? Diplomacy and Force?

 

Give them a path to what they want, in a way that benefits you.

Or force them to do what you want, then constantly spend energy to keep things this way.

 

Give things a path to their natural goal - they'll voluntarily keep going there.

Spend energy to change the world and maintain your changes - have less energy.

 

A good path can even increase our available energy.

But unlike a sage who can see the heart of any creature, regular people aren't infallible.

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6 hours ago, nidoj said:

Yin and Yang? Diplomacy and Force?

 

Give them a path to what they want, in a way that benefits you.

Or force them to do what you want, then constantly spend energy to keep things this way.

 

Give things a path to their natural goal - they'll voluntarily keep going there.

Spend energy to change the world and maintain your changes - have less energy.

 

A good path can even increase our available energy.

But unlike a sage who can see the heart of any creature, regular people aren't infallible.


very nice!!!!!!  There is unlimited energy with the Dao path… no need to have worry about having less or more, as it’s always flowing. 

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18 hours ago, FaXin said:

no need to have worry about having less or more, as it’s always flowing

Every drop of rain changes the whole universe, but it has no choice in what changes it creates, no freedom.

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2 hours ago, nidoj said:

Every drop of rain changes the whole universe, but it has no choice in what changes it creates, no freedom.

So we have no free will? Everything we do is predestined to happen?

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1 hour ago, FaXin said:

So we have no free will? Everything we do is predestined to happen?

Freedom may be an illusion.
But if we make a scale from the simplest creatures and elements to humans.
We can see it becoming more and more real.

 

Our energy is our ability to choose what changes we create.
Loose all energy - become like a raindrop.
Absolutes turn into each other, freedom no exception, but I'd rather not.

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39 minutes ago, nidoj said:

Freedom may be an illusion.
But if we make a scale from the simplest creatures and elements to humans.
We can see it becoming more and more real.

 

Our energy is our ability to choose what changes we create.
Loose all energy - become like a raindrop.
Absolutes turn into each other, freedom no exception, but I'd rather not.


I like your perspective. Well said! 

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