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Govern with uprightness. Win the war without violence. This is the virtue of non-contention. This is mastering strength. This is matching Heaven's Tao.

Chapter 57

If you want to be a great leader,
you must learn to follow the Tao.
Stop trying to control.
Let go of fixed plans and concepts,
and the world will govern itself.
The more prohibitions you have,
the less virtuous people will be.
The more weapons you have,
the less secure people will be.
The more subsidies you have,
the less self-reliant people will be.
Therefore the Master says:
I let go of the law,
and people become honest.
I let go of economics,
and people become prosperous.
I let go of religion,
and people become serene.
I let go of all desire for the common good,
and the good becomes common as grass.

What's Master DudeWay Say?

Consider the show "Parks and Recreation." Leslie Knope, played by Amy Poehler, is a prime example of someone who tries to control everything. Her efforts are well-intentioned, but they often lead to more problems. On the other hand, her counterpart, Ron Swanson, is an advocate of less control, less interference. He believes in people's ability to govern themselves. While Leslie's methods often lead to chaos, Ron's hands-off approach often results in a sort of harmony. It's a fun and humorous illustration of this chapter's teachings.

Dudeism Abides

It's like Obi-Wan Kenobi said, "You're going to find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view." Keep it upright, man. Win your battles without throwing punches. That's the Dude's way, the way of the Tao.

Less control, more peace,
Let the world flow naturally,
Harmony's release.

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