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Avoid Excessive Effort
If any one should wish to get the kingdom for himself, and to
The course and nature of things is such that
Hence the sage puts away excessive effort, extravagance, and easy indulgence.(Tao-te ching, ch. 29, James Legge version.)
The key of this chapter is the final conclusion: "The sage puts away excessive effort". Why? Because everything in the world change into his/its opposite. Therefore one who wishes to win the kingdom through his effort will soon lose it. The same, he who would hold in his grasp (something) will soon lose it.
Effortless is the way of wining kingdoms and keeping things without losing them.
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