Ours isn't the first time in the repeating cycles of history that leaders have squandered our national resources. But in the context of Lao Tze's larger reality, material success isn't as important as neglected inner wealth.
The Millennials are the ones for whom results of the current conflict paradigm are so catastrophically dysfunctional that they have no vested interests to protect. They're the ones prepared to move forward once again into the past, recovering the timeless treasure of the Positive Paradigm buried deep within in the Tao Te Ching's wisdom.
They've been given the hidden opportunity to dig deep, rediscover their inalienable inner resources and become the agents of genuine, positive change.
The Tao Te Ching's origins are enveloped in mystery. Some date it as far back as 6,000 B.C. Others put the time closer to 4,000 B.C. But most agree that it emerged in China over two thousand years ago during a period of prolonged civil wars, the same social conditions that also produced another classic, Sun Tze's The Art of War.
In ancient China, it was common practice to attribute literary works either to the reigning emperor or to mythical figures, adding an aura of importance and mystery. In this case, the writing is credited to an author called Lao Tze, an epithet translated as "Old Man," "the Ancient Child," or "the Citizen of Everywhere."
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About the Author
West attended Oberlin College, where she took a B.A. in history and philosophy, while performing in the conservatory orchestra and string ensembles as an "amateur." Her M.A. in English and Ph.D. in Educational Administration are from the UW-Madison.
At the Robert Schumann Konservatorium in Düsseldorf, Germany, West participated in Sandor Vegh's master violin class, at the same time teaching English-as-a-Second-Language at the state Volkshochschule. Later, she worked as a confidential administrative secretary at the UW, while also training along-side pioneers of the holistic health movement. She spent personal time in Spring Green, enjoying the hospitality of an extended family of Frank Lloyd Wright apprentices.
For over 35 years, West has immersed herself in the I Ching, the ancient Chinese compendium of natural law. She's applied the principals of change mapped in this perennial leadership manual to the organizations she's moved through, observing the dynamics of work-place relationships in hospitals, law firms, corporations, small businesses and schools.
As the owner of a small business, +A Positive Action Press, Dr. West has published a user-friendly version of the I Ching called The Common Sense Book of Change and The Ultimate Personal Survival Guide: 64 Essays on the Book of Change. In addition, she's produced a version of the world-loved Tao Te Ching which illumines its I Ching and yogic underpinnings, Two Sides of a Coin: Lao Tze's Common Sense Way of Change.
A very private person, Pat West is now retired and lives quietly in rural Wisconsin.
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