Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Chen Jen on Laozi - Chapter 3

Where does a sage now govern? When has one ever governed?

Is it not rather that when so-called sages — Confucian, Mo-ist, Taoist, or Buddhist — gain a foothold in the courts of power that they oppress all the others? And is not this but a further expression of what led them to seek this influence? This is the use of means. This is the way of power.

Rather, let the sage govern herself, and that, by non-governing. Abiding in spontaneity, her influence will also so arise.

There will be no Utopia that does not self-arise. This is the way of spontaneity.

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1 comment:

  1. I should go around all day they saying, "Lorena, be spontaneous."

    I grew up in a very rigid, close-minded environment. No wonder it's so hard for me to relax and let go. But your blog keeps reminding me. Thanks.

    You have no idea how much it helps.

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