The Master Is Never a Model
of Civic Virtue
If he has to, a master
is ready to violate a community's code — but he never violates
the law by which it really lives. Sometimes, however, he can
obey this law only by turning the community's tidy systems upside-down.
This is why he is never a model of civic virtue — never an example
for the upright citizen to follow.
The man, who,
being really on the Way, falls upon hard times in the world will
not, as a consequence, turn to that friend who offers him refuge
and comfort and encourages his old self to survive. Rather, he
will seek out someone who will faithfully and inexorably help
him to risk himself, so that he may endure the suffering and pass
courageously through it. Only to the extent that man exposes himself
over and over again to annihilation, can that which is indestructible
arise within him. In this lies the dignity of daring.