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The Way is always nameless.
But, if managers and executives can hold to it,
the ten thousand programs will develop by themselves.
Once developed, any desire to depart this path
will be subdued by the nameless — the uncarved block.
Once subdued by the uncarved block,
they will regain objectivity.
Regaining objectivity,
they return to equilibrium,
and the world returns itself to order.

 


chapter notes:

The art of managing an open source project, and the nature of the peculiar institutional self-preservation open source possesses, seem like particularly Daoist features of the Consultant’s world. Retargeting the chapter to this purpose seems more descriptive than explanatory, but it still works reasonably well.

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