January 29th, 2013

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19

Give up sainthood, renounce wisdom,
And it will be a hundred times better for everyone.

Give up kindness, renounce morality,
And men will rediscover filial piety and love.

Give up ingenuity, renounce profit,
And bandits and thieves will disappear.

These three are outward forms alone; they are not sufficient in themselves.
It is more important
To see the simplicity,
To realize one's true nature,
To cast off selfishness
And temper desire.
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Get rid of sanctity.
People will understand the truth
and be happier.

Get rid of morality.
People will respect each other
and do what's right.

Get rid of value and profit.
People will not steal
if they do not desire.

If that's not possible, go to Plan B:
Be simple. Be real.
Do your work as best you can.
Don't think about what you get for it.
Stay focused. Get rid of all your crap.
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The first version is from the Fortune files. The second version is the Beatrice Tao.

Chapter 19

19.1 Eliminate sagacity, abandon knowledge, and the people will benefit a hundredfold.
19.2 Eliminate humanitarianism, abandon duty, and the people return to familial love.
19.3 Eliminate craft, abandon profit, and theft will no longer exist.
19.4 These three become insufficient when used for embellishment causing there to be attachments.
19.5 See the basic, embrace the unspoiled, lessen selfishness, diminish desire.

Tao Teh Ching - Cleary Translation