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Tao Te Ching

a book review

product linkTao Te Ching
sub-titleA Book About the Way the Power of the Way
authorUrsula K. Le Guin (Lao Tzu)
date reviewed2004.08.15
genrePhilosophy
isbn1570623953

This is a transliteration of the great work "Tao Te Ching" by Lao Tzu. The transliteration is done in a semi-poetic fashion with a reverent and non-Confucius slant by fiction author Ursula K. Le Guin. I picked it up after having read some other Taoist interpretations of other works, and quite enjoyed it.

This is more than a strict book on philosophy. It is actually couched in terms of advice for a governor, for it was allegedly written by a courtier upon his self-exile from courtly life.

I strongly suggest this book to anyone who is sick of having people quoting miserable texts like Sun Tzu's "Art of War". It offers a peaceful and contemplative counterpart to today's driven and insane lifestyle and goals.

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Naturally the common people don't want war: Neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.

Hermann Goering