One of Machiavelli's mostcontroversial statements is “A man who wishes to make a vocation of being goodat all times will come to ruin among so many who are not good.”If Lau-tzo wereto respond to this respond he would strongly agree. Lau-tzo believes that ifyou give evil nothing to oppose to it will disappear on its own. The American politicalenvironment in this current decade supports this statement as well because inpolitics when one promises to something for the world another tries to corrupt themto believe it will not work. This statement is irrelevant, simply being thatthere is no such thing as good or bad people. Everyone seems to feel that whatit is they do is for a good cost.
Accordingto Lau-tzo “if you over esteem great men, people become powerless and if you overvaluepossessions people begin to steal…. Lau-tzo also mentions that you have topractice not-doing and everything will fall into place.” Unfortunately Lau-tzohas the wrong idea because anyone can show respect to anyone but still feelthat they have the authority to do whatever they want to do. In this decaderespect doesn’t mean much to anyone as it may have did back then. He mentions“throwingaway holiness and wisdom, morality and justice, industry and profit” and feelsgetting rid of these things will bring people happiness, make people do the rightthings and there won’t be any thieves. How would getting rid of these artificialcategories actually solve anything? Wouldn’t it make things worse than theyalready were? Getting rid of importance is like getting rid of state laws suchas speed limits, traffic lights, car regulations and so forth.
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