Tao 73

Bold daring results in death
Bold caution preserves life.
The right choice, according to the Tao of heaven,
Is not always clear.
Beyond even the wisdom of the Sage.

This is because the Tao of heaven
overcomes without contending,
responds without speaking,
attracts without summoning,
designs without planning.

Heaven casts a wide net.
Though the mesh is not fine,
nothing escapes.


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