The Virtue of emperors and kings takes Heaven and earth as its ancestor, the Way and its Virtue as its master, inaction as its constant rule. With inaction, you may make the world work for you and have leisure to spare; with action, you will find yourself working for the world and never will it be enough. Therefore the men of old prized inaction.To my way of thinking, effortless action is not inaction -- it is unforced action. It's like the person who deeply enjoys their work. Because of the joy it brings them, it doesn't feel like work. Compare this to the individual who hates their job. Work becomes drudgery!
~ Burton Watson translation ~
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