Bold action against others results in death.
Bold action in harmony with the Tao leads to life.
Both of these things sometimes benefit and sometimes harm.
Nature’s way is to conquer without striving.
It does not speak, yet it is answered.
It does not ask, yet it is supplied with all that it needs.
It does not hurry, yet it completes everything in time.
The net of heaven catches all.
Though its mesh is course,
But it misses nothing.
As I Understand It:
Courage is a fine quality but rashness is dangerous. Often our first impulse is to resent, speed up, get back to win. Listen to your opponent’s point of view. You may not agree. Be alert not irate.
Tao oriented individuals do not demand, resent, push or hurry to win. Like Mother Nature they take time to do their work and act quietly. In time, the answers to their questions surface. Everything we truly desire comes together in good time. Welcome what shows up.
Learn from nature-invisible, unhurried and effortless it gets things done silently. Nothing is too late. Everything blooms in time.
Dyer, W. Wayne. Change Your Thought–Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao. Hay House, Inc. 2007.
The Way of Lao Tzu (Tao-te Ching), Translated, with introductory essays, comments, and notes by Chan, Wing-Tsit. The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Inc. 1963.