Tao 46

Should Tao ever prevail as a form of governance,
Order will emerge as a product of our natural inclinations.
So long as Tao does not prevail,
Order is premised on coercion.

The challenge to Taoist governance is ambition.
No greater threat than desire,
No greater misfortune than discontent,
No greater calamity than wanting and taking for oneself.

Enough: Enough is Enough.


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