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True kindness does not intend to be kind. That is why it is virtuous. Insincere kindness expects gratitude and recompense. That is why it is without virtue.

Special talents are just leaves on the trees along the eternal nameless void. The sage is grounded in the way things are, and does not take flight with the temporary and ephemeral. She lets go of the visible and grasps what is hidden. She lets go of the leaves and grasps the inner fruit.

He who denies the Nameless Way echoes without being in agreement. She who embraces the Nameless Way agrees without being an echo because of her inner accord with the Nameless Way.

He who denies the Nameless Way sees only what fits his prejudices. She who embraces the Nameless Way sets aside bias and sees what is really happening.

He who denies the Nameless Way is contented only with more. She who embraces the Nameless Way finds that what she already has suffices.

He who denies the Nameless Way takes from those who do not have enough to suppliment his own bounty. She who embraces the Nameless Way diminishes the overflowing to enrich the impoverished.

He who denies the Nameless Way sits back in moral judgement of the causes of a tragedy. She who embraces the Nameless Way mercifully addresses the needs at hand.

He who denies the Nameless Way hides his doubts from himself and is called fearless. She who embraces the Nameless Way builds confidence in herself and is called courageous.

He who denies the Nameless Way quenches his appetites and is called sated. She who embraces the Nameless Way fulfills her passions and is called joyous.

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