lipu Pona la: kasi nanpa 58 pi lipu Nasin Pona

其政闷闷   When the government is laid back
其民淳淳   The people are relaxed.
其政察察   When the government is nitpicking
其民缺缺   The people have anxiety.
祸兮福之所倚   Misfortune depends upon fortune.
福兮祸之所伏   Fortune conceals misfortune.
孰知其极   What has a definite delimitation?
其无正   Or abnormality?
正复为奇   The normal reverts to strangeness.
善复为妖   Goodness reverts to perversion.
人之迷其日固久   People certainly have been confused for a long time.
是以圣人方而不割   Therefore the sage squares things without cutting.
廉而不刿   Edges without separating.
直而不肆   Straightens without lining up.
光而不耀   Shines but does not glare.

Sitelen Sitelen Renderer by Olaf Janssen.

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