Try and lead with law and regulation,
and the people will rebel.
Let people walk and speak freely,
and they will build their own walls.
When I stopped looking for the good in people,
it became as common as grass.
Before that, everyone was a tyrant.
Stop trying to lead with force,
both for yourself and others.
Be good to those who are not good to you,
for this is true goodness.
These are the pillars of trust.
We all have to lead at times – at our jobs, as parents, in relationships. Don’t push too hard. Draw the line between leadership and manipulation. Let those around you breathe. And most importantly, be careful who you choose to follow. It is a fine skill.