Tao 28

In living according to the virtue of Te,
consider the following:

Know strength,
tempered with respect for life,
and so channel the spirit of the world.
Te endures,
returned to infancy.

Know truth,
as determined by falsity,
and see the world unfolding from itself.
Te remains,
a glimpse of the infinite.

Know honour,
as it depends on the role of the disgraced,
and so see the foundation of the world.
Te emerges,
Returning to the simplicity of being.

Simplicity complicated,
leads to treating others as means,
of use to the Sage embroiled in his own ambitions.
To govern according to Te,
see the world as a simple whole.

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