When the people have many weapons, the nation grows more benighted.
When superior people hear guidance, they carry it out diligently and ably. When mediocre people hear guidance, it seems vague and uncertain. When lesser people hear guidance, they laugh.
When one gives undivided attention to the (vital) breath, and brings it to the utmost degree of pliancy, he can become as a (tender) babe.
When a nation is filled with strife, then do patriots flourish.
When people see some things as beautiful, other things become ugly. When people see some things as good, other things become bad. Being and non-being create each other.
When things are murky, quiet down, and they will gradually clear. Proceed, and momentum gradually builds.