My rendition of chapter 36 of Tao Te Ching
To close something, it must first be opened
To weaken something, it must first be strengthened
To destroy something, it must first be prospered
To take away something, it must first be given
This is subtle wisdom
of the ultimate truth
Better be weak than strong now!
To survive fish must stay at ocean deep
Like don't show your armor to people.
Paul's comment: Keeping the lowest profile is a Chinese wisdom empirically learned from thousands of years of ruling under authoritarian regimes. But in all histories of China, there were always a small number of people who risked their lives (and lost or half-lost their lives in most cases) to promote a good cause in society. Having said that Lao Zi's wisdom still makes good sense: the first choice should always be promote a good cause and stay unharmed. There are however always second choices for the brave.