The aim of counselling is to stop the mind, not stimulate it. Can we think our way out of a problem that thought has created? No chance. Lao Tzu: “More words count less.”
A true leader does not draw attention to himself.
A gentleman does not: (1) claim credit, (2) curry favour, (3) deflect blame.
The good king doesn’t do much, and what he does do, he does quietly. It seems to his subjects that while nothing is done, nothing remains undone.
One of Michael Pollan’s primary sources for his book on psychedelic therapy was a scientist who, Pollan observed, “chose his words with a tweezer.” Lao Tzu would have approved. More words count less.