What has been well planted will not be uprooted.
What has been well embraced will not escape.
The line of maintainers to support the system will not be interrupted.

Cultivate yourself, and your virtue will be authentic.
Cultivate your project, and its virtue will abound.
Cultivate your company, and its virtue will endure.
Cultivate your state, and its virtue will grow.
Cultivate the world, and virtue will be pervasive.

Evaluate others by yourself.
Evaluate projects by your project.
Evaluate companies by your company.
Evaluate states by your state.
Evaluate the world by the world.

How do I know this of the world?
by its very nature, it is so.


chapter notes:

This mistranslation was fairly mechanical — only some terms have changed.