If you don’t overvalue talents,
people will not be competitive.
If you don’t overvalue possessions,
people will not steal.
If you don’t display your treasures
people will not be envious.
The Sage leads by
emptying people’s minds
and filling their bellies;
By weakening their ambitions
and improving their physical strength.
He helps people get out of their minds
and empty their desire.
Those who think they know
will not dare to make a move lightly.
For those who practice non-doing,
everything will come into order.