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Chapter 65 – Simplicity

In the olden days those who obeyed the spirit of Tao did not enlighten the people,
but kept them simple hearted.

Clever people are difficult to govern.
And so, governing people with cleverness is a mistake;
while governing them with simplicity is a blessing.
The ruler who remembers this becomes a good model.
This is governing in the spirit of the Tao.

The effects of simplicity are profound indeed,
deep and far reaching.
It is the very opposite of common practice,
but it is the most effective way to rule.

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