When the government is silent and subdued

The people are wholesome and pure

When the government scrutinizes and spies

People are worn-down and broken

Misfortune is the foundation of fortune

Fortune is the house where misfortune hides

Who knows how it will end?

When there are no standards of honesty

Standards revert to deceit

Good reverts to evil

Day after day

People’s confusion

Grows longer and stronger

Therefore, the sage,

Is incisive and sharp

Without cutting things up

Honest without being injurious

Direct without over-doing it

Enlightening without being blinding


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