True leadership is modest and self-effacing. When what needs to be done is done, the people say, “We did it ourselves.”
We routinely change our political leaders. But the apparatchiks are beyond our reach. “When the country is confused and in chaos, loyal ministers appear.”
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.”
Man has two aspects—essence and personality. Essence is formless, ageless, impersonal and free; personality is conditioned, private, fixed and temporary. If all we know is our personality, we don’t know very much.
“Are you able to do nothing?” How easily Lao Tsu arrests the mind! As we know, any fool can do something, but rare indeed is that man, the one who can do nothing.