Blame, defensiveness, mistakes and admitting them.

The Gospel According to Jesus – by Stephen Mitchell:

As soon as we blame other people or refuse to acknowledge our own fallibility, we step outside the kingdom of God. Confucius said, “In the archer there is a resemblance to the mature person. When he misses the bull’s-eye, he turns and seeks the reason for his failure in himself.” There is nothing wrong with making mistakes; the trouble comes with making mistakes about our mistakes.

The more powerful you grow,

the greater the need for humility.

Humility means trusting the Tao,

thus never needing to be defensive.

When a master makes a mistake, she realizes it.

Having realized it, she admits it.

Having admitted it, she corrects it.

She considers those who point out her faults

as her most benevolent teachers.

She thinks of her enemy

as the shadow that she herself casts.

Lao-tzu (chapter 61)

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