36 – The Wisdom of Obscurity

cc image by Benson Kua on Flickr

cc image by Benson Kua on Flickr

If something has expanded,
it will soon contract.
If something has been weakened,
it was once overly strong.
If something was thrown away,
it was surely once admired too much.
If something is to be received,
it must first be given.

This is the wisdom of obscurity.
The soft and weak
will overcome the strong and forceful.

Small fish stay deep and survive.
A country thrives
when its weapons are not displayed.


Read the essay for Chapter 36

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