December 12, 2017

Only the best survive

Tao Te ChingThere’s a reason why the classics are the classics – they’re good stuff.

We tend to favour the modern – and yes, we do need progressive ideas – but for some questions, the answers were plain 2,500 years ago. And often, there’s less clutter. Back then, we maybe had fewer distractions and more time to contemplate.

Worth paying some attention to then.

I’m thinking of the Tao Te Ching, by Lao Tzu, and Taoism, for example.

Here’s a line I particularly like…

“Someone must risk returning injury with kindness, or hostility will never turn to goodwill.”

The longer an idea survives the ravages of time, the more likely it is that it has value. Everything else has fallen by the wayside.

An obvious point perhaps…

But how often do you look back instead of ahead for the answer to a challenge? Might be worth doing so more often.

Sometimes, the old ones are the best.