Tao Te Ching Chapter 66

66th Chapter
Why is the ocean the king of all valleys? Because it lies below the valleys it is called the king of all valleys.
Thus, if a sage wishes to elevate his people (spiritual qualities), he must speak with humbleness;
If he wishes to benefit his people, he must put his own interest after that of his people.

This humility places a sage at a higher station than his people, but they are not burdened by it.
Because a sage puts his own interest last, he is able to lead his people, without jeopardizing their interests.
This makes people willing to follow him, and not be wearied of it.
He does not compete with his people for the power and benefits.
Therefore, he has no conflict with his people.

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