Raw Silk and Uncut Wood
Stop being holy, forget being prudent
It'll be a hundred times better for everyone.
Stop being altruistic, forget being righteous,
people will remember what family feeling is.
Stop planning, forget making a profit,
there won't be any thieves and robbers.
But even these three rules
needn't be followed; what works reliably
is to know the raw silk,
hold the uncut wood.
Forget the rules.
Translation by Ursula K. Le Guin