Daodejing 58

Leaders who know themselves
lead people who practice wisdom.
A heavy hand creates pushback.

Sadness and happiness
sit side-by-side.
Happiness waits
inside sadness.

Who can know which
will happen when?

If force leads to distortion
and good implies bad,
does that mean there
can be no direction?

It’s easy to see why people get confused!

So it is that those
free of themselves
carve with the grain,
not against it—

cutting straight
without chopping.

The perfect square
has no corners.



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