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From a set of 37 musical reflections for small orchestra inspired by the ancient philosophical text by Lao Tzu: "Tao Te Ching". (n.b. Although the orchestra is small, the scoring includes a part for 4 pedal timpani.)
This movement is inspired by verse 30:
Use the Tao to help people.
This world has no need for weapons, which soon turn on themselves.
Where armies have camped, nettles grow; years of famine follow each war.
The most fruitful outcome does not depend on force, but succeeds without arrogance, without hostility, without pride, without resistance, without violence.
Force is followed by loss of strength. This is not the way of Tao.
That which goes against Tao comes to an early end.