Can you keep your soul in its body,
hold fast to the one,
And so learn to be whole?
Can you center your energy,
be soft, tender,
And so learn to be a baby?

So people who set their bodily good
before the public good
Could be entrusted with the commonwealth,
and people who treated the body politic
as gently as their own body
would be worthy to govern the commonwealth.

Be broken to be whole.
Twist to be straight.
Be empty to be full.
Wear out to be renewed.
Have little and gain much.
Have much and get confused.