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Life is about balance - not being overly brave to the point of recklessness, but also not being cowardly.

Chapter 73

Being brave and daring leads to death.
Being brave and not daring leads to life.
Of these two, one is beneficial, and one is harmful.
Who knows why Heaven dislikes what it dislikes?
That is why the sage finds it difficult to act.
The Tao of Heaven excels in overcoming though it does not contend, in responding though it does not speak, in attracting though it does not summon, in laying plans though it appears slack.
The net of Heaven is cast wide.
Though the mesh is not fine, yet nothing ever slips through.

What's Master DudeWay Say?

Take a look at Captain Jean-Luc Picard from "Star Trek: The Next Generation". He is a brave and daring leader, yet he is not reckless. He allows situations to unfold, responding rather than instigating, attracting solutions rather than forcing them. His wisdom and patience reflect the teachings of this chapter.

Dudeism Abides

Just like the Dude, who lives his life not trying to win battles but simply just "abiding", we are reminded of the importance of going with the flow. The Dude doesn't force things; he allows things to happen naturally, just like the Tao.

Brave, yet not daring,
A net cast wide, nothing lost,
The Tao's way is bearing.

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