People are born soft and weak,
they also die solid and strong.
Grass and trees also are born soft and brittle,
they also die dried up and rotten.
This is the reason that
an unyielding and powerful person is death’s disciple,
and a soft, yielding person is life’s disciple.
To be like a well-trained and powerful army,
extinguish power that is strong like a tree,
powerful but easily broken.
Therefore, the strongest should reside below,
while the weak and tender should be elevated.