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Tao 31

All decent women detest violence,

and so they never take up arms.

Weapons are the tools of fear, decent

women use them only in direst situations

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When women must use weapons

they act with calm and carefulness.

For the Sage knows there is no

delight or beauty in destruction.

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The Sage enemies are like herself

and she mourns when she must do

them harm.

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Peace is the highest value,

and violence cannot replace it.

The Sage never rejoice in the

slaughter of her enemies.

Violence must be mourned

and never celebrated.

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The Invisible Dragon

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