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Tao Te Ching- 67

"...Courage stems from showing
kindness and mercy to others.
Generosity starts with knowing
what a thing is worth.
True leadership begins with knowing
your place in the world.

"But these days,
I see everyone trying to act courageous
without any trace of compassion.
They try to be generous
but they don't practice moderation
in their own lives.
They act like leaders,
but they have no sense of modesty.
No good can come of this.

"If you want to get ahead,
show people compassion.
When other people attack you,
defend yourself with compassion.
It's the most powerful force in the universe.
-
Daily Tao - 67

T
hank you to the estimable trevoke

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madman101
Apr. 29th, 2012 01:53 am (UTC)
wonderful!

ps - today, many try to APPEAR courageous, but are in a prison of cowardice, blame and passive aggression - very sad
sabrinamari
Apr. 29th, 2012 02:54 pm (UTC)
Pefect.
sabrinamari
Apr. 29th, 2012 09:24 pm (UTC)
Today, many people are learningtk be courageous. And learning to do something, by definition, means that you will not be very good at it at first.

That's OK. By trying and failing, you pave the way to succeed the next time, or the next time, or the next.

Edited at 2012-04-29 09:25 pm (UTC)
bobby1933
Apr. 29th, 2012 09:55 pm (UTC)
Compassion, humility and moderation are the basics,
Courage, generosity, and leadership are the side-effects, they are secondary or tertiary virtues. Without compassion, courage looks like aggression and ruthlessness -- and that is what it is.
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