And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword.God smiles upon the people of Israel as they slaughter and pillage Jericho.
~ King James version ~
Utter destruction is not the way of Tao.
~ possible Taoist alternative ~
In Verse 68 of the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu counsels us that:
A good soldier is not violent.Violence, anger and vengefulness ultimately will foster resentment and retribution. It perpetuates conflict and moves everyone away -- victor and vanquished alike -- from Supreme Virtue.
A good fighter is not angry.
A good winner is not vengeful.
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