By not elevating those with ability
contention would be eliminated.
By not prizing rare objects
thievery would no longer exist.
Shut out the desires of ego and accumulation
and your mind will be settled.
The wise person leads by calming fears and desires,
while filling bellies and strengthening character.
Learning to live simply,
the people are content.
they are impervious to deceit.
Act without contrivance,
and everything will be harmonious.
-Lao-tzu- (Tao Te Ching, verse 3, interpretation by Robert Brookes)