9

Man is oriented toward excess,
But greed puts a strain on systems,
Destroying them.

An oversharpened blade will be broken
An overflowing vault will be vanquished
An overvalued ego will be brought down.

Do what is necessary, take what you need,
And then get out of the way.
This is the efficient way in which Nature operates.

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