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July 8th, 2012

Daily Tao - 57

You can run a country
by sticking to principles,
and you can win a war
with strategy and tactics.
But you can gain the entire world
by doing nothing at all.

How do I know this?
I've seen it happen:
The more restrictions
a nation imposes,
the poorer its people become.
When a nation hoards weapons,
troubles arise from within
and from without.
When its leaders try
to be cunning and clever,
the situation spins
further out of control.
When they try to fix things
by passing more laws,
they only increase the number of outlaws.

A wise leader says to himself:
"I do nothing,
and people transform themselves.
I keep silent,
and they do the right thing
on their own.
I stay out of the way,
and they prosper.
I want for nothing,
and they lead simple lives."

The Beatrice Tao.

Daily Tao - 57
Warning: This article touches on economic conditions in Galilee in the first century c. e.  If you are not interested in the subject per se, it could bore you to death.  Basically, it argues that conditions were pretty good considering that Galilee was part of an agrarian empire.  Up to (and perhaps during and after) the Roman War,  It was one of the better places to live in the civilized world according to this basically archeological study

Morten Hørning Jensen, «Rural Galilee and Rapid Changes: An Investigation of the Socio-Economic Dynamics and Developments in Roman Galilee» Biblica, Vol. 93 (2012) 43-67

his weakens my hypothesis that Q1 was essentially a survival guide for poor Galileans in the looming prospect of the Roman War.  The sermon on the mount was apparently (possibly) not a crisis morality, but a model for simple living in any and all circumstances.



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