OPPOSITION

Whoever relies on the Tao in governing men

doesn't try to force issues

or defeat enemies by force of arms.

For every force there is a counterforce.

Violence, even well-intentioned,

always rebounds upon oneself.

The Master does his job

and then stops.

He understands that the universe

is forever out of control

and that trying to dominate events

goes against the current of the Tao.

Because he believes in himself,

he doesn't try to convince others.

Because he is content with himself,

he doesn't need others' approval.

Because he accepts himself,

the whole world accepts him.

- Lao Tzu


It's thought by many that an attorney's daily objective is to "dominate" his "opponent" in a sort of battle of words and paper in lieu of swords and guns; but this sort of mentality leads to one of two crippling states of being for the unfortunate attorney: The lawyer who hates his job, but trudges on despite his miserable existence; or the lawyer who burns out and goes in search of a different career thinking that will solve his problems.

However, neither scenario solves the problem, because the problem isn't the job, it's the lawyer.

Newton's Second Law of Motion states that each and every force has an equivalent counterforce; but if one gets out of the way of this cycle of force and counterforce and just moves with the current - whichever way that might be, and the direction changes every day, sometimes every minute of every day - then one has acquired the greatest, albeit hard-earned, gift one could possibly acquire as an attorney or non-attorney: peace of mind.

- M. Chappell