Tao 36

To see Tao is to see a movement
To shrink something must first expand.
To fail something must first be trusted.
To fall something must first be built.
To end something must first begin.
Perceive and see Tao, the way of things beneath their names.

In this movement, soft and weak not only overcome,
But eventually become the stiff and strong.
And so the process repeats.

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