I’ve finally completed the update to my translation of the Daodejing. While I didn’t find too many egregious errors in the first version, I had to spend a lot of time polishing the language and standardizing the key terms used in the text. You can see a glossary of them here.
As I’ve mentioned in a previous entry, if you were to ask me to choose one word to describe what the Daodejing is about I would say “leadership”. I would also go on to argue that the key leadership principles and practices that Laozi espouses in the text are just as relevant today as during his lifetime – if not more so given the unprecedented speed of economic, political, and social change we are experiencing on a global scale.
This is a subject I plan to explore further on this blog and in a book I’m writing. It will be interesting to see how effectively I can apply the principles and practices I have been studying in the Daodejing.
The most obvious one to kick off with is the old favorite: “A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.”