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why it is

People are starving.
The rich gobble taxes.
That's why people are starving.

People rebel.
The rich oppress them.
That's why the people rebel.

People hold life cheap.
The rich make it too costly.
That's why people hold it cheap.

But those who don't live for the sake of living
Are worth more than the wealth-seekers.

It's been over 2,500 years since Lao Tzu wrote that.  Why haven't we learned anything in 2,500 years?
(LeGuin version of Tao Te Ching)


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jordan179
Aug. 19th, 2009 01:44 pm (UTC)
What are we supposed to learn from that poem? That the solution to all life's problems is "blame the rich?"
sleepyjohn00
Aug. 19th, 2009 03:14 pm (UTC)
Run the country by doing what's expected.
Win the war by doing the unexpected.
Control the world by doing nothing.
How do I know that?
By this.

The more restrictions and prohibitions in the world,
The poorer people get.
The more experts a country has,
The more of a mess it's in.
The more ingenious the skillful are,
The more monstrous their inventions.
The louder the call for law and order,
The more the thieves and con men multiply.

So a wise leader might say
I practice inaction, and the people look after themselves.
I love to be quiet, and the people themselves find justice.
I don't do business, and the people prosper on their own.
I don't have wants, and the people themselves are uncut wood.

(chapter 57).
We don't need more rules. We need more wisdom.
carlfoxmarten
Aug. 21st, 2009 05:58 am (UTC)
And as schools teach consumerism instead of free-thinking, so will generation after generation lose the wisdom they once had...

It's very sad.
ccdesan
Aug. 19th, 2009 02:58 pm (UTC)
"The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun." Eccl. 1:9

"Plus ça change, plus ça reste la même chose."
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