The way doesn’t discriminate between people. It allows both the good and the bad to draw whatever resources they can from it – though of course those who follow it will get the most out of it.
That’s why the most precious gift a new ruler or high official can receive is an understanding of the way. With this, they can govern for the benefit of all their people.
The Way is the source of all things.
It provides treasure for the good and refuge for the bad.
Fine words can gain respect from others.
Noble deeds can impact others.
If a person is bad, why should they be rejected?
So when an emperor is crowned,
Or when the three ministers are appointed;
Instead of sending gifts of jade carried by a team of four horses,
Remain still and give the Way.
Why did the ancients prize the Way so much?
Did they not say:
Seek and you will find;
Sin and you will be forgiven.
For this reason, the Way is prized by the whole world.