Verse 30 Defense and Aggression
Those on the path of the Great Integrity
never use military force to conquer others.
Every aggressive act harvests its own counter-terrorism.
Wherever the military marches,
the killing fields lay waste to the land,
yielding years of famine and misery.
When attacked, those on the path of the Great Integrity
defend themselves benevolently,
Achieve success without arrogance,
without seeking glory,
and without violating others.
Aggression leaches our strength and humanity,
subverting the Great Integrity,
and inviting disaster.
“The Tao Te Ching, A New Translation”
By: Ralph Alan Dale
Published by 'Sahy' It Aloud