Daodejing 62

The Way of the creative universe
is the most respected
of things to the virtuous,
more valuable than wealth.

The Way does good
even to the bad.

Following The Way
brings respect; even those
who do not follow it
gain from it.

So, when you see
the trappings of respect,
don’t look for your own reward–

following The Way is itself
all the respect you need.

Why did people
in the old days
respect The Way?

Because it can be got
merely by the seeking–

nothing else required.

Even the guilty
are forgiven.

That is why it is
the most valuable
thing anywhere.



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