Thursday, February 24, 2011

79: Honor the Settlement


When bitter enemies make peace,
Surely some bitterness remains.
How can this be solved?
The sage honors his part of the settlement,
But does not exact his due from others.
The virtuous carry out the settlement,
But those without virtue pursue their claims.
Heaven's Way gives no favors.
It always remains with good people.

Honor the Settlement

William Shakespeare dedicated one of his greatest dramas, Romeo and Juliet, to the tragic fact that conflict is so hard to end. Two families remain in a feud that has lasted for generations. It doesn't end until the highest price is paid for it – the death of both Romeo and his Juliet...

Here is my full commentary on this Tao Te Ching chapter:
Tao Te Ching Chapter 79 Translation and Commentary

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