Tao 24

On tiptoes is no way to stand tall.
Walking over others is no way to get ahead.
Showing off is no way to shine.
Self-righteousness is no way to respect.
Boasting is no way to achievement.
Complacency is no way to endure.

Minimalism is the way of Tao.
Too much food,
Too much interference,
Leads to the opposite of the intent.

Since excess is excrement,
The followers of Tao,
Move on and so let things be.

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