28 Laughter and diplomacy

Posted on October 1, 2011 by

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Augury of the two saints Han-shan and Shide

Ha!  Ha! Ha!

If my expression is joyful I will feel less  oppressed;

Worldly troubles will be transformed into a  joyful expression –

To feel oppressed on behalf of others in the  end is no help:

The great Dao can still emerge in the midst of  happiness.

If the state is able to be happy; the sovereign  and his ministers will unite in joy;

In a joyful reception hall father and son will  join together.

Abundant happiness among brothers lets the  thorned tree flourish;

If husband and wife can be happy the will  harmonize like the Qin and Se.

How could host or guest tolerate a lack of  pleasantness?

If superior and subordinate have joyful sentiments, differentiation will be all the more strict.

Ha! Ha! Ha!

(probably Luo Ping, who also did the painting)

I
have argued for a role of poetry in diplomacy. This time, it is laughter. As  Musashi says: one has to practice it every day.

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