Po-li Hsi did not let title and stipend get inside his mind. He fed the cattle and the cattle grew fat, and this fact made Duke Mu of Ch'in forget Po-li Hsi's lowly position and turn over the government to him. Shun, the man of the Yu clan, did not let life and death get inside his mind. So he was able to influence others.Most of us allow titles and status to go to our heads. We become so enthralled with our own celebrity that we don't deserve to influence anybody!
~ Burton Watson translation ~
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