Tao Te #58 ~ Good Governance
the greatest rulers are unobtrusive
thus the people are happy
and life is good
mediocre rulers are heavy handed
thus the people go crazy
and life is cruel
When dynasties are able to rule
then eventually we are led by fools
who spout out platitudes rooted in faith
inarticulately leading the nation to shame
milk disaster for good photo ops
run the country down till the markets flop
they find their fortunes in the winds of a hurricane
getting pictures of themselves flying over in a plane
these are the leaders who like to be seen in church
praying like crazy, to the point that it hurts
not them, because they are good at what they do
they have learned to bushwack you
the sage plays it square
is pointed yet fair
pointing he doesn't pierce
he is strong but never fierce
straightens without straining
just but not judgmental
he is bright yet not blinding
modest but not submissive
a prime example
of how each of us should be
What can this teach us?
Why are the greatest rulers unobtrusive?
Why is the heavy handed ruler mediocre?
Why do dynasties lead to the rulers that are fools?
What is a platitude?
Can you think of any examples of rulers who loved photo ops but led the makets to flop?
What does bushwack mean?
What does playing it square mean?
Where does the term "on the square" come from?
How do we demonstrate DivineUnity?