Sixty-Nine

In conflict be cautious.

Better to calmly observe

in order to see what will happen

next.

Often, it is better to retreat a yard,

than to advance an inch.


This is called

moving forward while standing still.

Preparing for battle without

revealing your strength.

Capturing the enemy before attacking.

Being armed without weapons.


Underestimating the enemy

is a costly mistake.

Underestimating the enemy

means judging the enemy as evil.

Judging the enemy as evil,

you become an enemy to yourself.


So when evenly matched armies meet,

the compassionate side always wins.

The compassionate side retains soul.