Thursday, March 24, 2011

To those that aspire to lead

We in Canada are about to undergo yet another federal election so we should be wary of much bad behavior by the aspiring leaders.  This poem by the ancient Lao Tzu comes to mind when I envision all the rhetoric that we Canadians are about to be bombarded with.
It is better not to make merit a matter of reward
Lest people conspire and contend,
Not to pile up rich belongings
Lest they rob,
Not to excite by display
Lest they covet.
A sound leader's aim
Is to open people's hearts,
Fill their stomachs,
Calm their wills,
Brace their bones
And so clarify their thoughts and cleanse their needs
That no cunning meddler could touch them:
Without being forced, without strain or constrain,
Good government comes of itself.

I wonder what is required reading when you go to Political school (Is there such an entity)?

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