Tao 61

The ideal polity
collects where rivers empty at the bottom of the world
From this place emanates a powerful stillness: the female.

Through stillness the female.
Overcomes the ambitions of man.
Yet, the female does so by yielding the high place.

The path to lasting conquest is yielding.
Therefore the large nation yields to the small nation,
and so dominates it.
The small nation yields to the large nation
and so dominates it.

The top is at the bottom.


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