Verse 58 Alternatives
When a government is more benign,
the people are more productive.
When a government is more tyrannical,
the people are more rebellious.
But whatever the government,
if disaster is the bitter fruit of others' good fortune,
how long can such injustice be tolerated?
How long we have endured the hypocrisies!
Those pretending to be righteous act deceitfully.
Those pretending to be religious revert to evil.
We have been deluded!
And each day it becomes worse!
Be firm and armed, but do no harm!
Be sharp as a knife, but do not cut!
Be ready to transform, but do not provoke!
Illuminate the darkenss of ignorance, but do not blind!
“The Tao Te Ching, A New Translation”
By: Ralph Alan Dale
Published by 'Sahy' It Aloud