The ideal man has a life-long worry,
Yet has not a single morning's anxiety
He acts in accordance with The Way, and speaks abiding by Reason.
When joyous he does not increase amiables,
When angry he does not increase difficulties.
[When] All Under Heaven have lost The Way, yet thereafter is benevolence born thereat.
[When] kingdom and household are not governed, yet thereafter are filial sons born thereat.
[When] The People are fighting and not sharing, yet thereafter is generocity born thereat.
[When] The Way is opposed and the times are reversed, yet thereafter are tactics and strategies born thereat.