Taoteching 39

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Energy is fulfilled by its activity. Matter is fulfilled by having substance. Spirit is fulfilled by merging with the infinite. The people are fulfilled by living. The sovereign is fulfilled by good governance.

The privileged have the ordinary people as their support. Thus the noblest sovereign calls himself the servant of the state. Not desiring the precious nor the ordinary is the eternal Nameless Way.

He who denies the Nameless Way asks how much a person is worth, and means, "How much does he got?" She who embraces the Nameless Way looks to what a person does, for that is what he is worth.

He who denies the Nameless Way demands to rule an entire state, but his own mind is unregulated. He who embraces the Nameless Way benefits others without claiming authority over them.

He who denies the Nameless Way puts his riches and his knowledge on parade. She who embraces the Nameless Way does not tell all that she has, nor all that she can do.

He who denies the Nameless Way is known by many and is called infamous. She who embraces the Nameless Way sets an example by her deeds and is called influential.

He who denies the Nameless Way is superior to the animals because he can control his own environment. She who embraces the Nameless Way is superior to the Nameless Way-denier because she can control her own behavior.

He who denies the Nameless Way values that which does not multiply when shared. She who embraces the Nameless Way empties her purse, and finds her heart being filled.

He who denies the Nameless Way greatly prizes what he cannot have. She who embraces the Nameless Way contents herself with what is possible for her to obtain.

He who denies the Nameless Way accumilates many riches but cannot keep all of them safe. She who embraces the Nameless Way has few desires, and so holds on to all that she has.

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