The three treasures

Kindness, modesty, and a lack of egotism: Laozi saw these “three treasures” as vital qualities for a leader.

He should have added the ability to think differently. If the Daodejing had been an ordinary book, there’s no way it would have survived over two millennia!

「天下皆謂我道大似不肖。夫唯大故不肖,若肖久矣,其細也夫。我有三寶,持而保之,一曰慈、二曰儉、三曰不敢為天下先。慈故能勇,儉故能廣,不敢為天下先,故能成器長。今舍慈且勇,舍儉且廣,舍後且先,死矣!夫慈以戰則勝,以守則固,天將救之,以慈衛之。」
The whole world says that my Way is great because it is like nothing else.
It is great because it is like nothing else.
If it were like everything else,
It would long ago have become insignificant.
I have three treasures that I cherish.
The first is kindness.
The second is moderation.
The third is not daring to place yourself ahead of everyone else.
Kindness allows you to be courageous.
Moderation allows you to be generous.
Not daring to place yourself ahead of everyone else allows you to lead the world.
Courageousness without kindness;
Generosity without moderation;
And leadership without refraining from placing yourself ahead of everyone else;
Are fatal mistakes.
For this reason, people who show kindness will be victorious in battle.
And remain safe when defending themselves.
Heaven will rescue and protect them with kindness.

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