How did the rivers and seas get so low?
By eroding while seeking lowness.
If you wish to be below people
You must place yourself beneath them;
If you wish to lead people
You must place yourself behind them.
Using this method you may be above people, yet
The people will not feel burdened;
You may lead people, and
The people will not feel pulled;
The multitudes of the world will rejoice, and
The people will not weary of their burdens.
If you do not contend with anyone,
No one will contend with you.