A great state should flow down-river,
so that it will become the world’s meeting ground.
The weak who are tranquil will outdo the strong,
it is through stillness that one is able to yield.
When the strong yields to the weak,
the strong wins over the weak.
Therefore the weak, being low, wins over the strong.
Sometimes you must yield in order to win,
and sometimes maintaining a low place leads you to win.
The large state stays within its boundaries,
and wants only to care for its people.
The small state stays within its boundaries,
and wants only to serve its people.
Both are able to obtain what they want,
when the strong yields to the weak.
-Lao-tzu- (Tao Te Ching, verse 61, interpretation by Robert Brookes)