May 9, 2014

Lao Tsu wisdom II: Increasing inequality is human. Reducing inequality is heavenly.

(Please see Lao Tsu wisdom: The reason people starve is because their rulers tax them excessively.)

The following is from another section of the Tao Te Ching. Does this ring a bell for those who notice huge subsidies for the rich and cuts in food stamp for the poor?
The Way of Heaven
Is like stretching a bow.
The top is pulled down,
The bottom is pulled up.
Excess is removed
Where more is needed, it is added.

It is the Way of Heaven
To remove where there is excess
And add where there is lack.

The way of people is different:
They take away where there is need
And add where there is surplus
Who can take his surplus and give it to the people?
Only one who possesses the Tao. 

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