A Dao-De-Jing message for (student) governance


(student) governance adaptation:

When we lose the Way, we resort to Virtue,

When we lose Virtue, we resort to Compassion,

When we lose Compassion, we resort to Justice,

When we lose Justice,… we

fall back on


FYI: an official translation (by Red Pine), as per Prof. Jay Garfield’s “Meaning of Life” episodes on Daoism:

When the Way is lost, virtue appears;

When virtue is lost, kindness appears;

When kindness is lost, justice appears;

When justice lost, ritual appears.

Still quoting the Daodejing

the down-scaling value hierarchy, then, is:

cf. The Meaning of Life courses trailer:

YouTube credit: Published on May 17, 2013 by The Great Courses

Jay L. Garfield (2010) The Meaning of Life: Perspectives from the World’s Great Intellectual Traditions, The Great Courses. The Teaching Company.

[contains 36 lectures, topics ranging from the Bhagavad Gita… to the philosophers of Greek and Roman antiquity,… to medicine man/spiritual teacher John Lame Deer,… to the teachings of Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama]

some more:

re putting too much effort into power-struggling

re bestowing “awards” on a select few

re going for substance rather than superficial demonstration of skill, power and the like

AND, OF COURSE, the book the above are from: the Dao-de-jing:


One thought on “A Dao-De-Jing message for (student) governance

  1. A GOOD SUMMARY of the course from YouTube post:

    Learn More: http://bit.ly/TGC_Home_Page

    What is the meaning of life? It’s a question every thoughtful person has pondered at one time or another. Indeed, it may be the biggest question of all. Most of us have asked ourselves this question at some time, or posed it to somebody we respect. It is at once a profound and abstract question, and a deeply personal one. We want to understand the world in which we live, but we also want to understand how to make our own lives as meaningful as possible; to know not only why we’re living, but that we’re doing it with intention, purpose, and ethical commitment.

    But how, exactly, do we find that meaning, and develop that commitment? How can we grasp why we are here? Or how we should proceed? And to whom, exactly, are we supposed to listen as we shape the path we will walk?

    The Meaning of Life: Perspectives from the World’s Great Intellectual Traditions is an invigorating way to begin or to continue your pursuit of these questions, with no previous background in philosophical or religious thought required. Its 36 lectures offer a rigorous and wide-ranging exploration of what various spiritual, religious, and philosophical traditions from both the East and the West have contributed to this profound line of questioning.

    Guided by Professor Jay L. Garfield of Smith College—as well as of the University of Massachusetts, Melbourne University in Australia, and the Central University of Tibetan Studies in India—you’ll gain insights from a broad array of sources, including these:

    Ancient Indian texts, including the Bhagavad-Gita

    Foundational Chinese texts such as the Daodejing and the Chuang Tzu

    Classical Western texts such as Aristotle’s Nichomachean Ethics and Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations

    Modern philosophers such as David Hume, Immanuel Kant, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Leo Tolstoy

    The unique perspectives offered by Native Americans; in this case, the Lakota Sioux medicine man and writer, John Lame Deer

    More recent and contemporary philosophers, such as Mohandas Gandhi and the Dalai Lama

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