After making peace with an adversary
There is usually some lingering enmity.
What can be done about this?

To expedite the accord,
The sage will honor his end of the agreement,
But not pressure the other side.

Whereas the sage focuses upon making amends,
The ignorant are concerned with assigning blame.
Tao itself is objective,
So it rewards those who see the bigger picture,
And penalizes those who pursue only personal interest.

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