Tuesday, October 13, 2015

☸ What makes me stay ☸

(note: a much better translation is in the comments...)

Head & Example   (Tao Te Ching, verse 17)
The superior of rulers
the people barely feel
it's existence
The lesser rulers
are these
that are respected
and hailed and praised
Lesser than those (are) the rulers
of which the people fear
When you don't believe a ruler
you don't believe his(*) government
Respect fear  contempt and faith
everything starts and ends with the ceaser
Therefore he(*) must learn
The great importance
(that) should be dedicated
to words
In the place
the Tao
the thing
by itself.
Translated from Chines to Japanese to Hebrew (by Nisim Amon) and now English.
(*) feel free to replace with the feminine form (I do).  Especially since it is dedicated to my favorite manager...


  1. Maybe another translation help the understanding:

    The highest rulers, people do not know they have them
    The next level, people love them and praise them
    The next level, people fear them
    The next level, people despise them
    If the rulers' trust is insufficient
    Have no trust in them

    Proceeding calmly, valuing their words
    Task accomplished, matter settled
    The people all say, "We did it naturally"