They are nourished by Virtue.
They are formed from matter.
They are shaped by environment.
Thus the ten thousand things all respect Tao and honor Virtue.
Respect of Tao and honor of Virtue are not demanded,
But they are in the nature of things.
Therefore all things arise from Tao.
By Virtue they are nourished,
Developed, cared for,
Grown, and protected.
Creating without claiming,
Doing without taking credit,
Guiding without interfering,
This is Primal Virtue.
Tao is the source of all living things,
and they are nourished
by Tao's power.
They are influenced
by the other living things around them,
and they are shaped
by their circumstances.
Everything respects Tao
and honors its power.
That's just the way it is.
Tao gives life to all things,
and its power watches out for them,
cares for them, helps them grow,
protects them, and comforts them.
without holding on to it.
Do the work
without expecting credit for it.
without giving them orders.
That's the secret of the power of Tao.