Tao 54

If you care for something, it will thrive.
Others will follow your example.

A virtuous world
Is made up of virtuous countries.
A virtuous country
Is made up of virtuous communities.
A virtuous community
Is made up of virtuous families.
A virtuous family
Is made up of virtuous selves.

See each of these entities on their own terms.
Treat the world as a world,
Treat the country as a country.
Treat the community as a community.
Treat the family as a family.
Treat the self as a self:
The fundamental building block of universal virtue.

How do I know it works this way?
Look around!


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