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children, children should always be there for their parents, and siblings should always be there for each other. “Because (the Sage) has nothing to prove, people can trust his words”. The Sage and the parental figures of a family should have this in common. Parents have nothing to prove to their children and therefore children always believe what their parents tell them. Parents do not have to impress their children and can therefore set an example. If parents cannot have this connection with their children, there is a guarantee of failure in the family. “In work, do what you enjoy”. Most people hate their job. If you like what you do, you can wake up every morning with a smile, looking forward to the day of work that lies ahead of you. At your job you should not try to

hold all the power. By not trying to be powerful, you are truly powerful. Also, in you work you cannot chase after money. You must do your work because you like it, not because you want the money. If you chase after money “your heart will never unclench”. When you have no desire for the money, you are at peace. You must “be content with what you have, rejoice in the way things are”. You mustn’t expect too much because you will never get what you want. “When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you”. “In governing, don’t try to control”. As a leader, it is best if the people hardly know that you exist. As a leader, you must not be bossy and try to have all the power because the people will hate you and will not obey you. You must

lead, not control. By pointing people in the right direction you are helping them. By telling them where to go, you aren’t letting them think for themselves. The best leader listens to their people. As a leader you must govern with tolerance and you must not have high expectations of your people because you will never get what you expect. You must govern a country with moderation for the best results. If you have weapons, your people will be insecure. If you have laws, your people will break them. If you do not desire common good it will become as “common as grass”. If a nation does not get involved with the affairs of others, it will be well respected by all other nations. “If you over esteem great men, people become powerless. If you overvalue possessions, people begin

to steal”. Society should not define things because bad things will happen. If you overvalue possessions it is obvious that people will steal them because they are worth something to society. If everything had none or equal value, no one would steal anything because nothing would be more important than everything else. This is an extreme suggestion however, it is the only way for society to come together as a whole and have no one steal from others. “Let the Tao become present in your life and you will become genuine. Let it be present in your family and your family will flourish. Let it be present in your country and your country will be an example to all countries in the world. Let it be present in the universe and the universe will sing.”