XIX – “Have little thought of self”

Exterminate the sage, discard the wise,

And the people will profit a hundredfold;

Exterminate benevolence, discard rectitude,

And the people will again be filial;

Exterminate ingenuity, discard profit,

And there will be no more thieves and bandits.

These three, being false adornments, are not enough

And the people must have something to which they can attach themselves:

Exhibit the unadorned and embrace the uncarved block,

Have little thought of self and as few desires as possible.

 

I would like to display many virtues: but there are worse things than that, like not getting up in the morning.

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