All I Have to Say

May 2, 2011

Certainly, the world is better without Osama bin Laden. However, upon hearing of some celebrations, I am reminded of verse 31 from the Tao Te Ching:

Weapons are the tools of violence;
all decent men detest them.

Weapons are the tools of fear;
a decent man will avoid them
except in the direst necessity
and, if compelled, will use them
only with the utmost restraint.
Peace is his highest value.
If the peace has been shattered,
how can he be content?
His enemies are not demons,
but human beings like himself.
He doesn’t wish them personal harm.
Nor does he rejoice in victory.
How could he rejoice in victory
and delight in the slaughter of men?

He enters a battle gravely,
with sorrow and with great compassion,
as if he were attending a funeral.

3 Responses to “All I Have to Say”

  1. Mike Bigtime said

    Which translation is that? I prefer the Jane English translation. The sentiment is almost the same, but the focus is more on the idea that victory should be treated as a funeral, meaning that rather than rejoicing in victory, we should be solemn and recognize what was lost, for without loss, there is no victory. Two sides, as always.

    • jason461 said

      You know, I can’t even remember. I have the English one on my shelf, but didn’t have it at hand when I was going to write this, so I just pulled it from some university site on the internet. As you said, the sentiments are essentially the same, and it certainly gets my point across.

  2. Angela said

    Wonderfully put.

    Thank you for sharing this.

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