The ancients who understood the application of the Tao
Didn’t aim to make their people clever,
But rather to keep them simple.
People become difficult to govern when they are clever; and
When those who govern a country are seen to be clever,
Everyone labors under a curse.
A nation whose leaders use the principles
Of performing attractive actions and returning to simplicity
Is blessed with natural virtues.
These natural virtues are deep and far-reaching.
They help all things and return them to their simple selves.