of the ten thousand things.
Good souls treasure it,
lost souls find shelter in it.
Fine words are for sale,
fine deeds go cheap;
even worthless people can get them.
So, at the coronation of the Son of Heaven,
when the Three Ministers take office,
you might race out in a four-horse chariot,
to offer a jade screen;
but wouldn't it be better to sit still
and let the Way be your offering?
Why was the Way honored
in the old days?
Wasn't it said
Seek, you'll find it.
Hide, it will shelter you.
So it was honored under heaven.
Lao Tse, Tao te Ching.
Interpreted by Ursula Le Guin.