Tao 77

The way of the universe is a symbiotic flow.
As one part pulls,
Another part pushes.
A part that has excess will lose.
A part that is lacking will gain.

Presently, society acts against this flow.
Where there is abundance, there is power to acquire even more.
What is it when excess is freely offered, rather than accumulated?
It is the Way.

The sage works without expectation of return:
Achieving without need for recognition,
Doing without dominating.


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