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The universe exists, but not for the sake of itself.

That is how heaven and earth are able to endure.

The sage takes the last place and does not live for herself.

Because she puts to death her Self, she gains perfect selflessness.

That is how the sage is able to endure.

"How did you survive all those battles you were in, Xena?"

"A coward thinks only of his personal survival, Gabhopper. Thus he endangers himself and his entire platoon. But a warrioress advances on the battlefield already reconciled with Death. She goes into battle as though she were certainly doomed to die. When the thought of dying has already been accepted, this frees her to focus only on fighting. Thus she retains her life. Keeping her life, she gains victory. Gaining victory, she preserves the life of her people."

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