Don’t glorify heroes,
And people will not contend.
Don’t treasure rare objects,
And no one will steal.
Don’t display what people desire,
And their hearts will not be disturbed.
The Sage rules
By emptying hearts and filling bellies,
By weakening ambitions and strengthening bones;
Away from knowing and wanting:
Deters those who know too much
From going too far:
And the natural order is not disrupted.