July 13th, 2010

Chapter 60

When Tao prevails in the world, evil loses its power.
It is not that evil no longer possesses spiritual power,
It is that its power does not damage men.
Indeed, it is not that its power does not damage men,
It is primarily that the ruler does not become harmful to men.
When opposites no longer damage each other,
Both are benefitted through the attainment of Tao.

         Translation by Chang Chung-yuan, 1975.


Ruling the country is like cooking a small fish.
Approach the universe with Tao,
And evil is not powerful,
But its power will not be used to harm others.
Not only will it do no harm to others,
But the sage himself will also be protected.
They do not hurt each other,
And the Virtue in each one refreshes both.
Being a leader
is like cooking a small fish;
get right with Tao,
and it's quick and easy.

When you're in touch with Tao,
you don't need to worry
about misfortune.
You can't make it go away, of course,
but you can keep it
from harming other people.

Also, as a wise leader,
you cause no harm to others,
so people won't have to worry
about getting hurt,
and they'll take the opportunity
to do the right thing.

The first version is from the Fortune files. The second version is the Beatrice Tao.