Tao 49

The Sage has no constant pulse.
The blood of ordinary people flows through its veins.

I respect people.
Good and not-good people alike.
In being good to others, I’m good to myself,
So walking the virtuous path.

I have faith in people.
Trustworthy and untrustworty people alike.
I trust others to trust myself.
So keeping to the virtuous path.

Sages understand the antagonisms of the group consciousness from which they emerge
Seeing all and fitting none.
Ordinary people watch and follow the Sage
Down a path to discover themselves anew.


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