If I possessed the smallest amount of sense, I would follow the path of the Tao. For this reason I fear to stray.
The path of the Tao is very straight, yet others prefer to be sidetracked.
When the palaces are full of excessive splendor, the fields are full of weeds and the granaries are empty.
To dress in elegant clothing, carrying fine weapons, gorging in food with wealth and possessions in abundance — this is called boasting of thievery.
Indeed, this is not the way of the Tao.
(from Tao Te Ching, verse 53, translation by Robert Brookes)