Risky courage leads to death.
Cautious courage leads to self-preservation.
Bravery is sometimes advantageous
and sometimes harmful.
Who knows why things are not favored by Heaven?
Even the sage does not know this.
The way of Tao does not compete
but always overcomes.
It does not use words
but always gets the message across.
It does not ask
but it always gets what it needs.
Carried off without a plan,
it remains perfectly designed.
The vast net of Heaven has many holes,
yet nothing slips through.