Tuesday Tao- Rulers

17. Rulers

The best rulers are scarcely known by their subjects;

The next best are loved and praised;

The next are feared;

The next despised:

They have no faith in their people,

And their people become unfaithful to them.

When the best rulers achieve their purpose,

Their subjects claim the achievement as their own.

I love this because it applies to so many areas of life. I read this and the first thing that came to mind was supervisors, managers and bosses I’ve had over the years. Then as I reread it I thought of how that applied to me as a mom, wife, and woman. It makes me think about the kind of person I want to be. It’s easy to say which one of those I want to be, but do my actions reflect that? Are my choices in line with that?

What are your thoughts on this week’s Tao? Do you enjoy these posts? Are they thought provoking? Do they cause you to evaluate and reflect on your life? Do they provide perspective or clarity? Just curious to see if you are interested in these posts. I’ve grown to look forward to this topic more than I anticipated when I gave it a try.

This week’s translation was found at this site.

If this is your first time reading my Tuesday Tao post, check out the original post here to understand more about this new weekly theme. 

4 Replies to “Tuesday Tao- Rulers”

  1. My first thought went to the presidential election, which, since it makes me nervous, is often on my mind. But after reading the rest of your post, I can see how it can apply to the home as well. And isn’t that really what Tao is all about? It’s everything, from a single cell to the universe.
    Indeed a thought-provoking post. Thank you, Niki. 🙂


  2. My first thought upon reading was similar to yours as I saw images of my managers and supervisors. The former would be firmly placed in the “bad ruler” section, with the latter being examples of better, if not quite “good” leaders.
    I think it can also apply to the way you treat your friends in life. A good friend will be one who never needs recognition for their devotion, whereas a bad friend would require constant gratitude. A very interesting post, thank you!

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  3. Yes! I love these! I came across one recently and was hooked! I thought, why am I keeping these to myself?! These are excellent conversation starters and points to ponder. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this Linda.


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