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The greatest accomplishment may appear ordinary,
But its greatness lies in its eternal utility.
The greatest abundance may appear unimpressive,
But its greatness lies in its inexhaustibility.

Similarly,
The straightest line may seem skewed,
The greatest intelligence may seem idiotic,
And the greatest communication may seem confounding.

Movement overcomes cold.
Stillness overcomes heat.
To help bring equilibrium to the world,
Just relax, take it easy,
And the world will flourish
Despite any of our efforts to understand it.

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