Daodejing 3

When the privileged

are not promoted

because of privilege,

 

no one wrangles.

 

When fancy things

are not prized,

no one steals.

 

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

them from action.

 

By embracing harmony,

those free of themselves create

good order everywhere.

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