Jul. 30, 2020

Living Without Weapons

Weapons are the tools of violence;
all decent men detest them.
Therefore, followers of the Tao never use them.
Arms serve evil.
They are the tools of those who oppose wise rule.
Use them only as a last resort.
For peace and quiet are dearest to the decent man's heart,
and to him even a victory is no cause for rejoicing.
He who thinks triumph beautiful
is one with a will to kill,
and one with a will to kill
shall never prevail upon the world.
It is a good sign when man's higher nature
comes forward.
A bad sign when his lower nature comes forward.
With the slaughter of multitudes,
we have grief and sorrow.
Every victory is a funeral;
when you win a war,
you celebrate by mourning.
~31st Verse of the Tao Te Ching
(Translated by Dr. Wayne Dyer)