Tao Te – 67

everyone on earth claims Tao is great
its greatness is also unlikely
if it were probable it would have just as probably vanished

three treasures I hold dear
merciful courage
generous economy
wholesome humility

from mercy bravery
from economy largesse
from humility leadership

three compromises I dread
leaving mercy for bravado
abandoning a common economy for philanthropy
discarding humility to get ahead

compassion is the way of victory
through a strong defense
modeled on the heavens improbability

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