If you hope to expand
You should first learn how to contract.
If you hope to become strong
You should first understand weakness in yourself.
If your ambitions are to be exalted
Humiliation should always follow.
If you hold fast to something
It will surely be taken away from you.
This is the operation of the subtle law of the universe.
The law of the universe is subtle,
But it can be known.
The soft and the meek can overcome the hard and the strong.
The true strength of a country or a person is not on the outside.
Just as fish cannot leave the deep
One must never stray from one's true nature...