Tao Te Ching - Dao ~ Tao #31 - Weapons
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Tao #31 ~ Weapons
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Weapons are tools of destruction
whereas the way is a path of creation
those on the right
love to fight
those on the left
are politically correct

Weapons are instruments for fools
followers of the way avoid such tools
it is best to avoid the violent choice
the wise live through love and voice
a preference for peace
caring for family & community
those who take pride in victory
may actually be addicted to violence

great generals enter the battle
as if attending a funeral
aware of coming slaughter
coffins filled with sons and daughters
they do not rush toward sorrow

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Tao #31 ~ Weapons
Ф

Weapons are tools of destruction
whereas the way is a path of creation
those on the right
love to fight
those on the left
are politically correct

Weapons are instruments for fools
followers of the way use tools
it is best to avoid the violent choice
the wise live through peace and voice
a preference for peace and joy
children - love - girls - boys
those who take pride in victory
may actually be bloodthirsty
we must beware if they delight
in the pain inflicted by a fight

greatest generals enters the battle
as if attending a funeral
dwell within compassion
aware of coming slaughter
coffins filled with sons and daughters
they do not rush toward sorrow
conscious of the news tommorrow

Let us find the shades of grey and allow the light to shine today!

What can this teach us?


Which of these two Tao's do you like better? Why?

Why do great generals enter the battle as if attending a funeral?

Why are weapons instruments for fools?

Why is important to prefer peace?

What is an example of someone being addicted to pain?

 

 

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