The path forward

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Tao Te Ching  道 徳 得 ~ Lao Tzu 老子

Chapter 67

I have three treasures
I hold on to them and protect them
The first is called compassion
The second is called conservation
The third is called not daring to be ahead in the world
Compassionate, thus able to have courage
Conserving, thus able to reach widely
Not daring to be ahead in the world
Thus able to assume leadership
Now if one has courage but discards compassion
Reaches widely but discards conservation
Goes ahead but discards being behind
Then death!
If one fights with compassion, then victory
With defense, then security
Heaven shall save them
And with compassion guard them

Chapter 68

The great generals are not warlike
The great warriors do not get angry
Those who are good at defeating enemies do not engage them
Those who are good at managing people lower themselves
It is called the virtue of non-contention
It is called the power of managing people
It is called being harmonious with Heaven
The ultimate principle of the ancients

Chapter 69

In using the military, there is a saying:
I dare not be the host, but prefer to be the guest
I dare not advance an inch, but prefer to withdraw a foot

This is called marching in formation without formation
Raising arms without arms
Grappling enemies without enemies
Holding weapons without weapons
There is no greater disaster than to underestimate the enemy
Underestimating the enemy almost made me lose my treasures

So when evenly matched armies meet
The side that is compassionate shall win

The next weeks and months prior to B. Manning’s trial will be consumed with studying and strategizing as to how we can best help. But before any plans are discussed, or actions decided, it’s important to take assessment of our philosophy, what we believe and why, and how that guides our interactions in the world.

The uprisings in ME/NA countries and the worldwide Occupy movement have confirmed that non-violent resistance is the best way to effect the changes desperately needed, to put into place a more equitable system of resource and information distribution that benefits not just the lucky few, but everyone.

Nobody, nobody thinks any of this will be easy, it won’t. It’s incredibly complex and difficult on one level. On another level, it’s pretty simple. Everyone in the world needs pretty much the same things. We all eat, breathe, love, hate, bleed and cry. Maybe Little Steven said it well enough.

I was walking with my brother

And he wondered what’s on my mind
I said what i believe in my soul
Ain’t what i see with my eyes
And we can’t turn our backs this time

I am a patriot
And i love my county
Because my country is all i know
I want to be with my family
The people who understand me
I’ve got nowhere else to go

And the river opens for the righteous
And the river opens for the righteous
And the river opens for the righteous

And i was talking with my sister
She looked so fine
I said, “baby, what’s on your mind?”
She said, “i want to run like the lion
Released from the cages
Released from the rages
Burning in my heart tonight”

And i ain’t no communist
And i ain’t no capitalist
And i ain’t no socialist
And i ain’t no imperialist
And i ain’t no democrat
And i ain’t no republican
I only know one party
And it is freedom

I am, i am, i am
I am a patriot
And i love my country
Because my county is all i know

And the river opens for the righteous



2 thoughts on “The path forward

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