The good ancients became Taoists,
not in order to understand the people,
but to prepare stupid people.
The people are a problem to control
because they have a lot of knowledge.
This is because in order
to have the knowledge to rule a nation,
the people of a nation will become thieves.
Take exception to knowledge to rule a nation,
and the nation will prosper.
(I guess the current Republican party knows what they’re doing!)
To know this, both sides also inspect form.
Constantly to be aware of form,
is to speak of mysterious goodness and virtue (Black De)
Mysterious virtue, long-lasting and profound.
To give what you have until you have nothing
is to be like an Empress and an elder sage and is most favorable.