On his tiptoes a man is not steady

Taking long strides he cannot keep pace

To the self-serving, nothing shines forth

To the self-promoting, nothing is distinguished

To the self-appointing, nothing bears fruit

To the self-righteous, nothing endures

From the viewpoint of Tao, this self-indulgence

is like rotting food and painful growths on the body –

Things that all creatures despise

So why hold on to them?

When walking the path of Tao

this is the very stuff

that must be uprooted, thrown out, and left behing

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