Tao Te Ching Chapter 77

77th Chapter
The principle of the motion of Tao is like archery:
When the angle too high, then put it lower.
When the angle too low, then raise it higher;
When bending it too fully, then reduce the bending;
When bending it too little, then increase the bending.
This is the principle of how Tao put things in order,
Reduce it when it has too much and complement it when it is not enough.

The practice in the human world is the opposite.
They make the poor even poorer, degrade the poor ones even more.
And they like to fawn over the rich ones, to make themselves feel they can become rich.
Who gives when they have a surplus?
Only those following Tao.

The man who knows his prosperity is from God’s grace,
gives when he receives, instead of hoarding it.
He gives, but he won’t take it as meritorious.
He wishes no one to see him as capable (because he sees himself as a deliverer of grace).

Implications from the Holy Books

The greatest among you will be your servant. 12 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. ── Matthew 23:11-12

whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—  just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve. ── Matthew 20:26-28

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