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Embrace the subtle wisdom of opposites. The gentle and weak can overcome the hard and strong.

Chapter 36

If you want to contract something,
You must first expand it;
If you want to weaken something,
You must first strengthen it;
If you want to discard something,
You must first promote it;
If you want to seize something,
You must first give it away.
This is called the subtle wisdom.
The gentle and weak overcome the hard and strong.

What's Master DudeWay Say?

Think of the paradox of a rubber band. To make it contract, you must first stretch it out. To weaken it, you apply force to strengthen it. This principle of opposites can be found in many aspects of life, including the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, who demonstrated the power of nonviolent resistance. By being gentle and weak, he managed to overcome the hard and strong forces that opposed him. The subtle wisdom of the Tao reminds us that seemingly opposite actions can lead to desired outcomes.

Dudeism Abides

Contract, first expand; weaken, first strengthen. Subtle wisdom, the gentle conquers the strong.

Rubber bands stretched tight,
Gandhi's gentle, steadfast might,
Weakness shines as light.

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