Tag: natural law

Things are connected and can transform when they reach the extreme. Nothing is constant.”Tao Te Ching 25

有物混成,先天地生。寂兮寥兮,独立而不改,周行而不殆,可以为天地母。吾不知其名,强字之曰道,强为之名曰大。大曰逝,逝曰远,远曰反。故道大,天大,地大,人亦大。域中有四大,而人居其一焉。人法地,地法天,天法道,道法自然。

There was something that finished chaos,/Born before Heaven and Earth./So silent and still! /So pure and deep!/It stands alone and immutable,/Ever-present and inexhaustible./It can be called the mother of the whole world./I do not know its name. I call it the Way./For the lack of better words I call it great.

Great means constant flow./Constant flow means far-reaching./Far-reaching means returning.

That is how the Way is great./Heaven is great,/Earth is great,/And the king is also great./In the world there are four greats,/And the king is one of them./Man is ruled by Earth./Earth is ruled by Heaven./Heaven is ruled by the Way./The Way is ruled by itself. (http://www.taoistic.com/taoteching-laotzu/taoteching-25.htm)

(Personally, I prefer to translate 道 – the Way – into the Law)

It is a very illuminating Chapter. It answered the question that many of us has been perplexed and maybe even frustrated with our whole life – who we are, where we are from, what is that thing before everything else. The most enlightening message is “Great means constant flow./Constant flow means far-reaching./Far-reaching means returning.” Things are connected and can transform when they reach the extreme. Nothing is constant. When the leader makes a decision, s/he should bear in mind where the boundary is, within which the decision may produce positive effect, and beyond which the effect might turn negative.

To see the boundary, the leader needs to know how the world is governed by the Way or the Law or the Nature, the thing that keeps mostly constant despite all the changes on the surface. Such as people can change their clothes, or make up, or even the whole face or body, but deep inside their nature, their character stays relatively the same (if the inner is not the target). See through the superficial, work on the underneath true master of each energy source. Harness the energy like a good coachman – point out the direction, give it a push from time to time, restrict here and there, keep the horse focused, so the destination can be reached in good time.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 17

17.太上,下知有之。其次,亲而誉之。其次,畏之。其次,侮之。信不足,焉有不信。悠兮其贵言,功成事遂,百姓皆谓∶我自然。

The supreme rulers are hardly known by their subjects.
The lesser are loved and praised.
The even lesser are feared.
The least are despised.

Those who show no trust will not be trusted.

When things are accomplished, the people (under great leadership) will say:
We did it ourselves.

(reference: http://www.taoistic.com/taoteching-laotzu/taoteching-17.htm)

The takeaway for leaders is that a great leader respects and trusts his people. He makes his vision a shared common goal and he ignites the natural desire to accomplish in his people. Therefore, he is invisible and yet he is felt everywhere. His people are excited and thrilled when they get things done, and yet it is the leader’s vision that is ultimately fulfilled.