April 6th, 2011

Daily Tao - 3

It is better not to make merit a matter of reward
Lest people conspire and contend,
Not to pile up rich belongings
Lest they rob,
Not to excite by display
Lest they covet.
A sound leader's aim
Is to open people's hearts,
Fill their stomachs,
Calm their wills,
Brace their bones
And so to clarify their thoughts and cleanse their needs
That no cunning meddler could touch them:
Without being forced, without strain or constraint,
Good government comes of itself.

The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu (The Witter Bynner version), Terebess Asia Online (TAO)
Daily Tao - 3

I posted this earlier today.  Then i thought about merit pay and how state legislatures are using it the break the solidarity of teachers and other workers.  Then i looked at each line and every one called to mind a political and economic policy that we are getting wrong.  The price of not following the Tao or_____________________(name your chosen spiritual path) is going to be very high.