January 27th, 2013

goban
  • trevoke

17

The very highest if barely known.
Then comes that which people know and love.
Then that which is feared,
Then that which is despised.

Who does not trust enough will not be trusted.

When actions are performed
Without unnecessary speech,
People say, "We did it!"
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When a Master takes charge,
hardly anybody notices.
The next best leader
is obeyed out of love.
After that,
there's the leader obeyed out of fear.
The worst leader is one who is hated.

Trust and respect people.
That's how you earn
their trust and respect.

The Masters don't give orders;
they work with everybody else.
When the job's done,
people are amazed
at what they accomplished.
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The first version is from the Fortune files. The second version is the Beatrice Tao.

Chapter 17

17.1 Very great leaders in their domains are only known to exist. Those next best are loved and praised. The lesser are feared and despised.
17.2 Therefore when faith is insufficient and there is disbelief,
17.3 it is from the high value placed on words. Works are accomplished, tasks are completed, and ordinary folk all say they are acting spontaneously.

Tao Te Ching - Thomas Cleary Translation