Daodejing 3

When the privileged 

are not promoted

because of privilege, 

 

no one wrangles.

 

When fancy things 

are not prized,

people will not steal.

 

Only disorder results 

from desire for things. 

 

Those free of themselves 

encourage contented minds 

and hearts, basic needs.

 

Those free of themselves 

discourage grasping

and strengthen bones.

 

Those free of themselves 

discourage contriving 

and desire, and when some

 

contrive and desire, those

free of themselves prevent 

those from action.

 

By embracing harmony, 

those free of themselves create 

good order everywhere.

 

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