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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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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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