18

When people abandon the Tao,
Doctrines of morality and rectitude take its place.

Once intellect and knowledge are esteemed,
Hypocrisy and pretense become routine.

As family relationships become strained,
We start to hear a lot about the importance of kinship.

And it is only when the whole political system is in trouble,
That ministers start preaching about patriotic loyalties.

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