Tao 79

There is no perfect resolution to war.
This is not good considering the frequency with which war occurs.

Therefore, though the Sage keeps a tally in his left hand
He does not seek retribution with his right.
Those who model Te control the tally.
Those who merely speak of Te settle grievances.

Heaven’s Tao is not quarantined to a particular side
but turns up in good people everywhere.


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