A man lives his life as he sees fit. If he is unhappy, then he changes his mind. Unless he is a fool, he accepts things without understanding the ability to change circumstance. Standing ahead of his children he sees himself as his own son. And, being his own son, he is able to ask the father of himself for guidance to proceed accordingly.
It is not important for the king to think that his ideas are the best for the people. If he is truly concerned for them, he will show it by permitting them to express themselves in the manner they wish; it will be for the betterment of all concerned. His guidance ensures that they will not hurt themselves. This protection is given as a father to a son in that he guides the morality of the child but not the direction of the child’s life. This king is truly wise. His children do not see him interfering, and each is in total control.
When teaching a man about the Way, it is best to show him what good can come from it if he lets It be his life. In this way he will be able to decide for himself what is to be done and what is to be had.
Excerpt from The Living Tao – Meditations on the Tao Te Ching to Empower Your Life, Hanshi Warrior Press, ISBN 0-9779551-1-7.
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