November 5th, 2016

The Tao Is Tao (188)



                                                                     In emptiness
                                                                       it is clear:
                                                                  The Tao is  Tao.

                                                                 How do I know?
                                                                    tells me so.

                                                                        -- Jos Stabbert
                                                                  "The Tao is Tao", 2000
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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!"
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.

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