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Sound old rulers, it is said,
Left the people to themselves,
Instead of wanting to teach everything
And start the people arguing.
With mere instruction in command,
So that people understand less than they know,
The people were most unhappy.
But happy is the land that is ordered such that
People understand more than they know.

This is a double key that
Locks and unlocks just the same.
If modern people would use it
They would find old wisdom in young hearts
And clear vision enough to see
From start to finish and finish to start
The whole circle of life.

Henry Meyerding 2007-01-27