523 – Oh, Jeremy Corbyn…

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1000 drawings, Comic Art

The comic publisher Self Made Hero is printing an anthology of Jeremy Corbyn comics. Here is the artwork I entered

Jeremy Corbyn gardening in his allotment by Cat Byrne

The quote come from the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tsu (or Lao Tzu).

It’s in chapter 67, and it goes like this (translation by Gia-Fu Feng & Jane English):

Everyone under heaven says that my Tao is great and beyond compare.
Because it is great, it seems different.
If it were not different, it would have vanished long ago.
I have three treasures which I hold and keep.
The first is mercy; the second is economy;
The third is daring not to be ahead of others.
From mercy comes courage; from economy comes generosity;
From humility comes leadership.

Nowadays men shun mercy, but try to be brave;
They abandon economy, but try to be generous;
They do not believe in humility, but always try to be first.
This is certain death.

Mercy brings victory in battle and strength in defence.
It is the means by which heaven saves and guards.

Another translation, by Arthur Waley, goes:

Every one under heaven says that our Way is greatly like folly. But it is just because it is great, that it seems like folly. As for things that do not seem like folly — well, there can be no question about their smallness!
Here are my three treasures. Guard and keep them! The first is pity; the second, frugality; the third, refusal to be ‘foremost of all things under heaven’.
For only he that pities is truly able to be brave;
Only he that is frugal is able to be profuse.
Only he that refuses to be foremost of all things
Is truly able to become chief of all Ministers.

At present your bravery is not based on pity, nor your profusion on frugality, nor your vanguard on your rear; and this is death. But pity cannot fight without conquering or guard without saving. Heaven arms with pity those whom it would not see destroyed.

The original artwork is 8″x16″ in ink, marker & watercolour.

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