The universal subtle essence gave birth to One.
One gave birth to Two.
Two gave birth to Three.
Three gave birth to Myriad Things.
All lives have their backs to the yin and embrace the yang.
There is nothing more loathed by people
then to be orphaned, desolate, and hopeless.
Yet the wise ancient kings, princesses, and barons
used such titles to refer to themselves.
A thing is sometimes benefitted by being humbled,
and diminished by being expanded.
What the ancient have taught, I also shall teach:
“A man of force and violence
will come to a violent end.”
Whoever said this can be my teacher and father.
source: Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching