life to all beings.
Nature nourishes them.
Fellow creatures shape them.
Circumstances complete them.
Everything in existence respects tao and
honors nature — not by decree,
Tao gives life to all beings.
Nature watches over them, develops them,
shelters them, nurses them, grows them, ripens
them, completes them, buries them,
and returns them.
nourishing life, shaping things
without possessing them, serving without
expectation of reward, leading without dominating:
These are the profound virtues of nature,
and of nature’s best beings.
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