Meeting Ground of the Universe

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.

Chapter 61

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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Peace out,

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As long as Robert can remember, he wanted to be a writer. Like many young people who are called to a creative life, he had to contend with well-meaning friends and family members who discouraged it. While Robert spent most of his career as a successful attorney, he never forgot his dream. In the meantime, he pursued many other interests and was fortunate enough to have some amazing adventures. One of those interests was martial arts. He spent many years studying and teaching Chinese Internal Martial Arts. Robert promised his teacher he would someday write that book he always wanted to write and began to develop a story idea that pitted a young lawyer/martial artist against a powerful pharmaceutical company in a conflict over a miracle cure. The hero wants to insure the cure is freely available to everyone, but powerful enemies want to suppress it. The Nostrum Conspiracy is Robert’s second book. His first book, Naked Tao, breaks a few rules.

Robert has been blessed with an amazing life and it just keeps getting better. He lives in Louisville with his beautiful wife and children. "Bad Bob" is a tongue-in-cheek nick name bestowed upon him by his co-workers when he showed up at his law firm one day on a new Harley. Robert is a martial arts master and has taught over 600 students.

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