October 30th, 2005

goban
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Tao is source of the ten thousand things.
It is the treasure of the good man, and the refuge of the bad.
Sweet words can buy honor;
Good deeds can gain respect.
If a man is bad, do not abandon him.
Therefore on the day the emperor is crowned,
Or the three officers of state installed,
Do not send a gift of jade and a team of four horses,
But remain still and offer the Tao.
Why does everyone like the Tao so much at first?
Isn't it because you find what you seek and are forgiven when you sin?
Therefore this is the greatest treasure of the universe.
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Every living thing
gets its strength from Tao.
Good people respect the value of Tao.
The wicked and foolish don't,
but Tao provides for them anyway.
Some people gain power and prestige through fancy words,
others through great deeds.
But Tao is available to everyone,
not just the powerful.
So don't look down on anybody.
When people become powerful,
and everybody lines up
to kiss their ass,
sit still and stay right with Tao.
Why have the Masters
always respected Tao?
Because when you get right with Tao,
you can always find
swhat you need to get by,
and trouble can never find you.
goban
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63

Practice non-action.
Work without doing.
Taste the tasteless.
Magnify the small, increase the few.
Reward bitterness with care.
See simplicity in the complicated.
Achieve greatness in little things.
In the universe the difficult things are done as if they are easy.
In the universe great acts are made up of small deeds.
The sage does not attempt anything very big,
And thus achieved greatness.
Easy promises make for little trust.
Taking things lightly results in great difficulty.
Because the sage always confronts difficulties,
He never experiences them.
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Keep still.
Don't work so hard.
Learn to appreciate everyday life.
Pay attention to details.
Start small and work your way up.
When people give you trouble,
let it slide.
Break everything down to its essentials.
Get the job done
before it becomes a chore.
With the right preparation,
difficult tasks
can be completed with ease;
every major project
consists of simple steps.
The Masters don't take on
more than they can handle,
which is why
they can do just about anything.
Don't promise
more than you can deliver,
and don't underestimate the task:
You'll only make things harder for yourself.
The Masters are always aware
of the difficulties involved,
which is why
they never have to deal with them.
goban
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Sorry about that, ladies and gentlemen. I, erm, hadn't thought about the daylight savings time in my script, so it posted twice. Well, at least I have six months to fix that, right? ;-)