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Lead with wisdom and restraint, avoiding force and arrogance, and understanding the impermanence of things.

Chapter 30

A leader who follows the way,
Does not use force to conquer the world.
For these things are easily reversed.
Where the army has been,
Brambles and thorns grow.
After the great war,
Bad years will follow.
The wise person achieves results and stops,
Does not dare to use force to conquer.
Achieves results, but does not brag,
Achieves results, but does not flaunt,
Achieves results, but is not arrogant,
Achieves results, but only out of necessity,
Achieves results, but does not force.
Things become strong and then grow old,
This is called contrary to the way,
That which is contrary to the way will soon perish.

What's Master DudeWay Say?

In the world of superheroes, Spider-Man's Uncle Ben once said, "With great power comes great responsibility." This chapter of the Tao Te Ching echoes this sentiment, urging leaders to follow the Way by not using force to conquer the world. Instead, they should lead with wisdom, restraint, and humility, achieving results without arrogance, and understanding the impermanence of things. Just as Spider-Man learns to use his powers responsibly, so too must leaders practice restraint and moderation in their actions.

Dudeism Abides

Guide with wisdom and moderation, steer clear of force and pride, and embrace the transient nature of the world.

Lead with wisdom, care,
Avoid force and arrogance,
Embrace life's changes.

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