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When born, a person is soft and weak.
In death a person becomes stiff and hard.
All the animals and plants that are,
While alive they are supple and soft,
But in death they become brittle and dry.

Truly that which is stiff and hard is a companion of death.

Therefore the weapon that is too hard will be broken;
The tree with the hardest wood
will be the first cut down.

Henry Meyerding 2007-01-27