He who knows does not speak.
He who speaks does not know.

Shut the portals,
close the gateways;
harmonize the user interface,
integrate the applications;
manage hazardous conditions,
untangle spaghetti code:
this is Subtle Unity.

In this way, that which can be
neither courted nor avoided,
neither benefitted nor harmed,
neither uplifted nor degraded,
is valuable in the real world.

 


chapter notes:

The second verse mirrors chapter 4; otherwise the translation is straightforward.