The Ancient Masters…

“The ancient Masters
didn’t try to educate the people,
but kindly taught them to not know.

When they think that they know the answers,
people are difficult to guide.
When they know that they don’t know,
people can find their own way.

If you want to learn how to govern,
avoid being clever or rich.
The simplest pattern is the clearest.
Content with an ordinary life,
you can show all people the way
back to their own true nature.”

From the “Tao te Ching” by Lao-tzu, translated by Stephen Mitchell

English: A painting of the Daode Tianzun ('the...

Perhaps all current…and future candidates who run for office should be required to read the “Tao te Ching” and agree to govern accordingly.  And if you don’t understand it…you don’t belong in office.

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  1. Interesting thought, Gayle. I doubt if they are that evolved.
    Izzy xoxox


  2. This is timeless and timely … and just plain wonderful … simple truths are perfect.


  3. yes, yes, and more yes!!! This is realy weird but I worked on two poems today – both that I am timid about posting. The first blog I visited tonight was a sign for me to post one of my poems and the second blog I visited tonight (yours) is a sign to post the other. I am a little freaked out. Thanks for sharing such great wisdom from Tao


    • Yay!! You know I felt a bit timid about posting my views via the Tao because I think a lot of people may think it’s “religious”, which it’s not, but went ahead anyway because I really don’t want to censor myself…and I really love that little book! My copy is so worn because of me reading it over and over. Now, I’m really curious as to what you felt inspired to post because of the sign you received here. And thank you for sharing this with me, Sheila…pretty cool.


  4. Would they be humble enough to accept such lessons?

    I really like this. Great post.


    • No, I don’t think so. And if they aren’t humble…they don’t get to be in office!

      I’m so glad you liked this..thank you!


  5. What a wonderful requirement of taking office! I love it and love you for suggesting it.


    • Drastic times call for drastic measures. We sure need to turn ourselves around…what better way than to follow simple, humble teachings for conduct and governing…the “un-teachings”. 🙂

      So happy you love it too, Lorna.


  6. You are right, Gayle, this is perfect for Occupy Blogosphere, too. Thanks for coming over to comment.

    The words from this beautiful Master could not be a stronger contrast to the way the 1% have operated. I hope the young people caught in the claws of the 1% see at least one line in this poem with its confidence that there is another way:
    “If you want to learn how to govern,
    avoid being clever or rich.”


  7. I wish there was a LOVE button, because I definitely would have pushed it for this one! 😀 I love the Tao te Ching and Lao Tzu!! I SO agree with you that those in office (and in ALL positions of power, for that matter) should not only have read this but understand it in their core! The world would be a MUCH better place.


    • Wow…very cool, Corina…you love the Tao too! Yes, the world would be a much better place. We have to set our standards high…because that’s where we want to BE. xo


  8. amazing words of wisdom gayle. your blog is acting like a coma patient today. other wordpress blogs are acting absolutely normal.

    love and hugs.


    • Very sorry my blog is showing such little signs of life, Trisha. 😦 But glad you were able to see these wise words of the Tao.



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