The Weak overcomes the strong; the soft surpasses the hard. In all the world, there is no one who does not know this, but no one can master the practice.
~ A New Way of Thinking, A New Way of Being: Experiencing the Tao Te Ching
by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
While the “original” text as translated by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English in Lao Tsu – Tao Te Ching was thus:
Under heaven nothing is more soft and yielding than water. Yet for attacking the solid and strong, nothing is better; It has no equal. The weak can overcome the strong; The supple can overcome the stiff. Under heaven everyone knows this, Yet no one puts it into practice. Therefore the sage says: He who takes upon himself the humiliation of the people is fit to rule them. He who takes upon himself the country’s disasters deserves to be king of the universe. The truth often seems paradoxical.
We’ve always been taught that life is the “survival of the fittest”, that “only the strong survive”.
Our world is changing at what could be considered an alarming rate by some.
That is not to say that change is “new”, per se. Nature is change. Change is a natural part of life.
It is to say, though, that the old paradigms are crumbling from within. Those who hold fiercely on to the belief that there is a superiority in physical strength are going to be in for a startling wake-up call.
The “new” strength of be-ing is found in those who are able to feel and outwardly express compassion, who are able to connect and work with others in a symbiotic manner emotionally (and spiritually) as well as physically, and who fully embrace the idea of “service to others” versus “service to self”.
Just my two cents and reflecting that which is bubbling up from within the depths of mySelf.