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- Chapter 89: Internal Enmity
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Even shade and water are unpleasant if they breed disease.
So, too, may relatives be unpleasant if they cause harm.
Fear not the foe who is like a drawn sword;
rather fear the friendship of an enemy who poses as kin.
Dread hatred from within and defend yourself against it.
In calamitous times it will cut deeper than a potter's knife.
Hidden hatreds may lurk only in the mind,
yet among kin they can manifest many miseries.
Hate hidden in a kinsman's heart will cause
many miseries, and more--it will kill a man.
When hatred arises, dissension destroys unity,
and men fall inescapably toward ever-ready death.
A house that harbors hatred will never be a united whole,
though, like a vessel and its lid, it may appear to be one.
As iron is worn away by frequent filing,
a family's strength is eroded by incessant inner frictions.
Internal dissension may seem as small as a split sesame seed,
yet there is enough power in it to destroy.
Living with those who cannot dwell in harmony
is like living in a hut with a deadly cobra.