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Reconcile opposites and grasp oneness.

Let go of potential and focus on doing.

Remove preconceptions to clarify your mind.

The sage intervenes in people's affairs only when it is necessary, not from a whim, nor out of the desire to demonstrate power.

"Xena, how do you choose which side to fight for?"

"It is difficult to decide, Gabhopper. People obscure their actions with boasting and you obscure people's actions with your prejudices. To uncloud the mind, look only at their deeds."

"But which deeds are good?"

"Oppose those whose actions divide the people. Ally with those whose actions unify the people. But never fight for the love of fighting, or from the urge to impress others with your abilities. Sometimes violence is a necessary evil, but violence is never good."

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