#Tao teh Ching 53

Were I asked to govern
In the way of The Way,
My first concern
Would be pride.

The way of The Way is clear
But people choose the alleys.

Buildings and courtyards
Are polished, but the fields
Are unkept and therefore
The granaries are empty.
The clothing is elegant,
The armaments impressive;
The wealthy roll
In money and things—
Braggarts, thieves.

This is not The Way.

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