58 – The Sharp Sage

Sunrise at Lijiang River

A light government does not interfere.
A heavy government causes disturbance.

Calamity leans upon good fortune.
Good fortune is hidden in calamity.
Who can say the result?

Good turns into evil,
evil turns into good.

People have been confused for a long time
by this movement of life.

The sage is sharp without piercing,
pointed without being hurtful,
direct without being too severe
and enlightened without being flashy.

 

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