Daodejing 53

Were anyone to ask me

to govern according

to the way,

first I would

work at humility.

The way is clear but

people choose alleys.

Look at the polished buildings.

Now notice that the fields

are rutted. This is why

your food is tainted.

Look at the elegant clothing;

at the impressive weapons;

see how the wealthy roll

in money and things—

name this

the extravagance of thieves.

This is the opposite of the way.

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