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Honors and dishonors will disturb your equanimity; and
When you think highly of your self,
Your body will be filled with suffering.

Why do both honors and dishonors disturb your peace of mind?
Honors set you up, and then you may be knocked down.
Thus, not having honor,
You are anxious that you may get it;
Or, having honor,
You are anxious that you will lose it.

Why is your body filled with suffering
When you think highly of your inner self?
To have suffering requires that
You be tied to an injurable self, but
When your essence is tied to your uninjurable void,
How can there be suffering?

One who loves his country as this self
May be trusted by his country;

One who treats his country as this self
May be entrusted with its care.

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