the gods don't protect like a shepherd with a stick.
whom they want to protect, they give them intelligence.
न देवा दण्डमादाय रक्षन्ति पशुपालवत् ।
यं तु रक्षितुमिच्छन्ति बुद्ध्या संविभजन्ति तम् ॥
na devA daNDamAdAya rakShanti pashupAlavat ।
yaM tu rakShitumichchhanti buddhyA saMvibhajanti tam ॥
as described in an earlier post on smart goals, the wise minister and brother vidura gives the emperor dhRitarAShTra, a sermon of eight chapters in the epic mahAbhArata.
after two chapters of some of the best advice on leadership and management and politics and friendship and social responsibility, the emperor says - tell me more, your interesting and varied talks entice me and i don't get tired of listening to them.