Meeting Ground of the Universe
These are aggressive times. Many hold the view that we must fight for every inch we can gain and yield nothing. On the surface, it looks like they might be right. Time and again, victory seems to go to those who strike hard and fast, but what if they are wrong. What if aggression leads to loss in the end? What if the aggressor’s victory is an illusion…it appears to be a gain, but in reality is a huge setback.
2,600 years ago, an old man’s parting advice to a great empire was to encourage it to yield to smaller nations. There is no fight in Lao Tsu’s advice. He does not advocate aggression. In fact, he defines a great nation as a “meeting ground”.
Folks, you can’t get much lower than the ground and it sounds like Lao Tsu believes a great nation can accomplish more by throwing a party for everyone. I don’t know about you, but that sounds a lot better to me than acting like the neighborhood bully.
Be still and overcome. Yield and conquer.
A great nation is like low land.
It is the meeting ground of the universe,
The mother of the universe.
The female overcomes the male with stillness,
Lying low in stillness.
Therefore if a great nation yields to a smaller nation,
It will conquer the smaller nation.
And if a smaller nation submits to a great nation,
It can conquer the great nation.
Therefore those who would conquer must yield,
And those who conquer do so through yielding..
Lao Tsu: Tao Te Ching translation by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English.
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