Lao Tzu, Jesus and Socrates

Jesus, of course, teaches we should love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. Socrates taught it is not right to return injustice for injustice, or harm for harm, but that a just man harms no one. Here is Lao Tzu, translated by Guy-Fu Feng and Jane English:

…I am good to people who are good.

I am also good to people who are not good

Because virtue is goodness.

I have faith in people who are faithful

I also have faith in people who are not faithful

Because virtue is faithfulness….[49]

…What is a good man?

A teacher of a bad man

What is a bad man?

A good man’s charge…[27]

But make no mistake: This does not mean bad guys or great tyrants should play chicken with Clint or Ronald Reagan. They should get out of the Ukraine and go home. The same for the Philippines. Petty tyrants should give up pretensions to be president. They should return to money making, if they know what is good for them.

Lao Tzu is very difficult to translate into English, but this one seems by far the best. Tao is “virtue” and “way,” the same as “The way the truth and the life.”

“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.”

 

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