Taoism of Open Source

“2,500 years ago, the Chinese philosopher Confucius asked
Lao-tzu, the founder of Taoism, ‘What is Tao?’ Lao-tzu opened his
mouth but said nothing. Confucius left with a smile, but his
students were puzzled. Confucius explained, ‘Lao-tzu has passed us
the Tao. In his mouth, there are no teeth but only a tongue. The
hard ones (teeth) died, but the soft one (the tongue) lives; the
soft power is stronger than the hard power. That’s the Tao!’

“Open source is such a soft power. ‘Soft power is like water,’
Lao-tzu explained in his book, Tao Te Ching.


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