the sage does what is right

one clear truth


When the government is

dull and sleepy, people are wholesome

and good. When the government is sharp and

exacting, people are cunning

and mean.


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,

enlightens without



Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 58


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