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The sages say:
“Both praise and blame induce anxiety, for honors are fleeting and fickle.”

We indulge our anxieties because they safeguard the self.
It seems that consternation may be a condition of consciousness.

However,
For those who regard themselves as a part of a much greater whole,
Praise and blame no longer elicit unease.
Undivided from environment,
They care about the world as much as they care about themselves.

This is why it is only those who see themselves as ordinary
Who may be fit to influence the world,
And only those immune to honor
Who may actually deserve it.

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