The Tao is the source of the way things flow.
The good person treasures it, the bad person is protected by it.
Pleasing words can thus find a market,
honorable actions can thus raise a person up.
Why then forsake those who have no goodness?
The emperor selects his three ministers,
each preceded by horses and presenting jade disks.
But would it not be better to offer this simple teaching?
This is the reason why the ancients treasured the Tao.
Did they not say that even criminals who have sought to obtain it
are thereby freed?
For this reason, the Tao is the treasure of the world.
-Lao-tzu- (Tao Te Ching, verse 62, interpretation by Robert Brookes)