Abandon holiness, discard cleverness
and the people will benefit greatly.
Eliminate philanthropy, put away morality
and the people will regain compassion.
Forsake academic knowledge, relinquish propriety
and the people will lose their anxieties.
Disavow cunning, renounce greed
and there will be no theft.
These lessons are superficial, and could go on forever.
Even then they would still not be sufficient.
One need only rely upon this:
Manifest simplicity, like an undyed silk.
Hold to your natural state, like uncarved wood.
Cast off your ego, and curtail your desires.
-Lao-tzu- (Tao Te Ching, verse 19, interpretation by Robert Brookes)