Tao 9

Fill it too much
and it will burst.

Sharpening it too much
will wear it down to nothing.

Hoarding material possessions
will draw thieves to your door.

Placing great value on wealth status
drains value from yourself: Problems ensue.

Doing what must be done and nothing more
is the way of Tao.


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