Courageousness taken to fearlessness leads to death. Courageousness not taken to fearlessness leads to survival. Of these two things, one brings benefit, the other brings harm.
Who knows why nature rejects some and not others? Even the wise person is unsure of this.
The Tao does not contend, yet it is victorious.
It does not speak, yet it gives answers.
It does not ask for anything, yet it is naturally provided for.
It appears to be slow, yet its plans are always realized.
Its net is vast and wide, and nothing passes through.
(from Tao Te Ching, verse 73, translation by Robert Brookes)