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29 August 2007 @ 07:50 am
Big Tao  
In an age of ultimate virtue,
men of worth are not exalted, and men of ability are not employed.
Superiors are like the upper branches of a tree, the people are like the deer in the wilds.
They are upright without considering themselves to be righteous;
They love each other without considering themselves to be humane;
They are honest without considering themselves to be loyal;
They are reliable without considering themselves to be trustworthy.
They move about spontaneously, assisting each other without considering themselves to be generous.
For this reason, their actions leave no traces, their affairs leave no records.
- Longbranch Redwand, Chuang Tzu (trans. Mair)
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