Eliminate sageliness, throw away knowledge,
And the people will benefit a hundredfold!
Eliminate kindness, throw away righteousness,
And the people will return to their own natural affections.
Eliminate cleverness, throw away profit,
And the people will not become thieves.
But these are only the outward forms,
And are not sufficient in themselves.

Manifest plainness
And embrace the genuine!
Lessen self-interest
And abandon desire!

Just stay at the center of the circle
And let all things take their course.