Saturday, March 18, 2017

Knock down the old grey wall, be a part of it all (Badfinger)

No, it's okay, hang on - you haven't strayed onto The Purdzilla Show blog by accident. 

I wanted to examine this idea for a bit in Wozza's Place.

Confucius' take on injury's in the same ball park as the Latin motto of the Royal Stuart dynasty of Scotland - Nemo me impune lacessit (No one "cuts" (attacks/assails) me with impunity). William Wallace would understand, no doubt.

Interestingly, Lao Tzu's take on injury differs from Confucius. 

He says in the Tao Te Ching that '(It is the way of the Tao) to act without (thinking of) acting; to conduct affairs without (feeling the) trouble of them; to taste without discerning any flavour; to consider what is small as great, and a few as many; and to recompense injury with kindness'.

Seems to me, this is way harder than meeting injury with justice.

Close to the Jesus' maxim to turn the other cheek (...resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also), Lao Tzu proposes non violent resistance  similar to Jesus' stance which can be seen as a command not to take vengeance.

All up I like Lao Tzu's method, because it advocates kindness, no matter what. Something to aspire towards!

Love and peace - Wozza

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