Chapter: Laying of Plans



While heading the profit of my counsel, avail yourself also of any helpful circumstances over and beyond the ordinary rules. According as circumstances are favorable, one should modify one’s plans.


Note: In many translations, 5 and 6 are joined. They are both translated as follows:
5,6: The Moral Law causes the people to be in complete accord with their ruler, so that they will follow him regardless of their lives, undismayed by any danger.

Commentary: When a ruler acts in a moral way, showing fairness in all dealings and caring for the subjects, then the subjects will reciprocate, caring in return even to the point of death. Love begets love.

Moral law is also related to harmony and ensuring alignment in all things.

In business, a perform-or-perish, hire-and-fire attitude may seem good for business but does not lead to loyal employees. If you clearly care about your people they will care about you and care about the business. Leadership begets followership.