Tao Te – 61

a great nation is like an ocean
the lower meeting place of all rivers
where all unite

females lead males through stillness
resting in the unity of stillness

in this way when the large body yields to the smaller
it provides care for the smaller
if a small nation submits
it can care for its citizens
those desiring to conquer must yield and care
those who do conquer do so through yielding

a large nation needs more people
a small nation needs protection
each can take part in unity
yielding is a practical practice

[Note: this one puzzles me. I don’t yet get it.]

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