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Speaking without voice:
the problems with grandstanding are self-evident.
A tempest is brief; a deluge does not endure:
if Nature cannot sustain a storm, how can you?

To complete the task:
follow the Way and you will gain credibility;
pursue Virtue and you will be effective;
lose them, and you are lost.

Pursue Virtue, and find the Way;
abandon Virtue, and lose it.

 


chapter notes:

For my chosen target for this chapter, presentation, the Dao provides two resources:

  • the advice that that there is nothing as boring or unpersuasive as a clearly egotistical speechgiver
  • a mental discipline that can aid in reducing the self-consciousness that, for some, may lead to catastrophic self-amplification.
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