The Tao produced the one,
the one divided into the two,
the two became the three,
and the three are the source of the ten thousand things.
Each of the ten thousand things carry yin and and embrace yang,
their merging produces chi which creates balance.
People feel disdain towards the solitary, desolate, hapless –
yet leaders often refer to themselves by these terms.
Thus sometimes people gain when they are diminished,
and sometimes people suffer when they gain.
What others teach, so do I:
Those who are aggressive and violent never die in peace.
I take this in hand and make it the basis of my teaching.
-Lao-tzu- (Tao Te Ching, verse 42, interpretation by Robert Brookes)