From one, two,
From two, three,
From three, ten thousand things.
All of them achieve harmony through the unification of affirmation and negation
Which is embraced by everything.
No one likes to be isolated (ku), without merit (kua), or worthless (pu ku),
Yet rulers refer to themselves with these names.
Thus, some things add to their value by reducing their value
Some things reduce their value by adding to their value
Other ancients have taught this,
I teach it too,
The man of violence will end his life in violence."
This is a basic motto.
Translated by Chang Chung-yuan, 1975.