Tao Te – 31

effective weapons are instruments of fear
hated by all
those attracted by Tao do not use weapons
the wise are drawn left
soldiers attracted right

weapons are instruments of fear
they are not tools of the wise
only used as a last resort
their hearts invested in peace and rest
they do not rejoice in victory necessitating killing
to delight in killing kills yourself

satisfying events lean to the left
sad occasions move right
generals stand left
commanders right
so war in conducted as a funeral
when many and much is killed
heart-felt sorrow is mourned
victory is to be observed as a funeral

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