Be Bright, But Not Flashy
When the leader governs lightly, The people are at ease.
When the leader governs harshly, The people become crafty.
The sage is wise, but not cunning. He is sharp, but not cutting.
He makes his point, But is not demeaning. He is bright
But is not flashy.
Finding the Source is Like
Having Deep Roots
A ruler who follows the Tao Governs with frugality.
To be frugal is to live with moderation. Moderation means to return before straying.
To return before straying Is to find the source.
Finding the source
Is like having deep, firm roots.