WHEN a man is living, he is soft and supple.
When he is dead, he becomes hard and rigid.
When a plant is living, it is soft and tender.
When it is dead, it becomes withered and dry.
of the dead:
The soft and supple belongs to the company of
Just as dry wood is ready for the axe.
The humble and weak will be exalted.
Translated by John C. H. Wu