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If one wishes to shrink it
One must first expand it
If one wishes to weaken it
One must first strengthen it
If one wishes to discard it
One must first promote it
If one wishes to seize it
One must first give it
This is called subtle clarity
The soft and weak overcomes the tough and strong
Fish cannot leave the depths
The sharp instruments of the state
Cannot be shown to the people.

Das Tao Te King von Derek Lin
This last line seems to condone government secrecy,  Maybe it does, but i don't think so.  Nothing is less Machievellian than the Tao Te Ching!  This is metaphor (not particularly good metaphor) for the mystery that is Tao.  The power of Tao is not demonstrated because it can't be demonstrated; it just is.

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baron_waste
Feb. 15th, 2015 02:50 pm (UTC)
Try this.
將欲歙之、必固張之。將欲弱之、必固強之。將欲廢之、必固興之。將欲奪之、必固與之。是謂微明。柔弱勝剛強。魚不可脫於淵。國之利器、不可以示人。

That which will be shrunk
Must first be stretched.

That which will be weakened
Must first be strengthened.

That which will be torn down
Must first be raised up.

That which will be taken
Must first be given.

This is called “subtle illumination.”

The gentle and soft overcomes the hard and aggressive.

A fish cannot leave the water.

The country's potent weapons
Should not be shown to its people.

http://www.acmuller.net/con-dao/daodejing.html
bobby1933
Feb. 16th, 2015 04:06 am (UTC)
Re: Try this.
Thank you.

FYI, this was posted to my journal by mistake. it was intended for the community journal, daily-taol

I am always looking for different English versions of the DDJ. I don't write or read Chinese so i read many; but with over 200 fairly recent English versions, i will never get to them all. This one looks really interesting, and i will read it.
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