Walking the Tao – Chapter 69

Lao-Tzu was not a strict pacifist. He recognized that the fear that permeates a humanity that thinks it is separate from creation can lead to conflict, even violent conflict. Thus defending oneself and one’s community can be appropriate. But his advice seeks to minimize the damage that is done in these situations. To defend without creating an enemy is a powerful act of self-honoring self-defense.

Author: William Martin

Taoist teacher and consultant

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