When the government is
dull and sleepy, people are wholesome
and good. When the government is sharp and
exacting, people are cunning
Good rests upon bad.
Bad hides within good.
Who knows where the
turning point is?
Whether government or
person, if you aren’t tranquil and honest, the
normal flips to the abnormal, the auspicious reverts
to the bizarre, and your bewilderment
lasts for a long time.
Therefore the sage
does what is right without acting
righteous, points without piercing,
straightens without straining,
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