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Which is more important to you,
What people call you, or what you become conscious of?
Which is more important to you,
What you are conscious of, or the source, from which it springs?
Which of these gives more pleasure or pain
When added to or subtracted from?

When you covet external things, you squander your presence; and
When you hoard your presence,
You bring grievous loss to its source.

Approach contentment by making lowness attractive.
Live within life’s limits,
By making that within its limits attractive.
Follow this Tao and you may live a long and contented life.

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