Monday, November 10, 2008

Tao # 17

When the Master governs, the people
are hardly aware that he exists.
Next best is a leader who is loved.
Next, one who is feared.
The worst is one who is despised.

If you don't trust the people,
you make them untrustworthy.

The Master doesn't talk, he acts.
When his work is done,
the people say, "Amazing:
we did it, all by ourselves!"

1 comment:

Blaire said...

I'm enjoying your Tao Project.
Is it over?
Why did you choose to start with Tao 9?
I especially like the photograph with Tao 18: It almost looks--(due to the paper texture?)--like the flagpole is crooked. And the lack of a photograph here at 17.