In governing the people,
And attending to the environment,
Nothing is greater than humility.
Only by practicing humility,
Can one rapidly return to the natural state.

The more rapidly you return to the natural state,
The greater your crop of character.
The greater your crop of character,
The more challenges can be overcome.
The more challenges you overcome,
The more limitless your life.
The more limitless your life,
The greater your capacity to cultivate.
And the greater your capacity to cultivate,
The more profound your influence can be.

This is what results when one attends ardently to roots—
A flourishing of enduring vitality and vision.

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