March 30th, 2013



After a bitter quarrel, some resentment must remain.
What can one do about it?
Therefore the sage keeps his half of the bargain
But does not exact his due.
A man of Virtue performs his part,
But a man without Virtue requires others to fulfill their obligations.
The Tao of heaven is impartial.
It stays with good men all the time.
when an argument is settled,
feelings of resentment still remain
on either side.
What's the point of carrying a grudge?

The Masters care
about what they owe other people,
not what other people owe them.

People who are in touch with Tao
do their duty.
People who aren't
try to force others into submission.

Tao doesn't play favorites.
But if you do right by Tao,
Tao will do right by you.

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

Chapter 79

79.1 When you harmonize bitter enemies,
       yet resentment is sure to linger,
       how can this be called good?
79.2 Therefore sages keep their faith
       and do not pressure others.
79.3 So the virtuous see to their promises,
       while the virtueless look after precedents.
79.4 The Way of heaven is impersonal;
       it is always with good people.

Tao Teh Ching - Cleary Translation