Thursday, May 13, 2010

Tao Te Ching Chapter 38-6 Politeness

Today's Tao

The highest politeness is doing it and, if the other does not respond to it, rolling up your sleeves and pulling him. (Ch.38)

A: "Thank you very much, sir"

B: "..."

A: "I said, 'Thank you, sir'."

B: "..."

A: "I politely said, 'Thank you, sir'. You've gotta say something."

B: "Uh, uh."

A: "Sir, I am being polite and you say just 'Uh, uh'. You have to learn to be polite, too, sir."

When one is polite against his will, his acts are not spontaneous at all.

The forced politeness is very far from Tao's natural way.

A baby doesn't know politeness.

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-Tao by Matsumoto / Tao Te Ching / Chapter 38

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