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The Tao and War
    #1378317 - 03/15/03 02:00 PM (14 years, 8 months ago)

A few words about war from Chapter 31 of the "Tao Te Ching"
written by Lao Tsu

"Weapons are instruments of fear; they are not a wise man's tools.
He uses them only when he has no choice.
Peace and quiet are dear to his heart,
And victory no cause for rejoicing.
If you rejoice in victory, then you delight in killing;
If you delight in killing, you cannot fulfill yourself...

This means that war is conducted like a funeral.
When many people are being killed,
They should be mourned in heartfelt sorrow.
That is why a victory must be observed like a funeral."

To call humans 'rational beings' does injustice to the term, 'rational.'  Humans are capable of rational thought, but it is not their essence.  Humans are animals, beasts with complex brains.  Humans, more often than not, utilize their cerebrum to rationalize what their primal instincts, their preconceived notions, and their emotional desires have presented as goals - humans are rationalizing beings.

Edited by Evolving (03/15/03 02:02 PM)

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Re: The Tao and War [Re: Evolving]
    #1378373 - 03/15/03 02:24 PM (14 years, 8 months ago)

That is an excellent quote, you should post it in the political forum. The "Tao Te Ching" is a book that should be more widely read. I was reading it when my mother died, I found it very comforting.


"I hate having to pick between the lesser of two evils. But I'm glad Obama was elected. McCain was another war monger. I'd rather deal with our country going into debt than trying to take on afghanistan...oh wait FUCK!" - Fungus_tao

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Re: The Tao and War [Re: AislingGheal]
    #1379463 - 03/15/03 11:33 PM (14 years, 8 months ago)

Yes, this is a wonderful book. Here is a link to the Aleister Crowley translation.


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Re: The Tao and War [Re: Evolving]
    #1380092 - 03/16/03 07:59 AM (14 years, 8 months ago)

very nice! :smile:



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Re: The Tao and War [Re: RebelSteve33]
    #1396289 - 03/20/03 08:39 PM (14 years, 8 months ago)

I don't know why its called a book. It takes less than 20 minutes to read. But yes, here's another translation


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