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When people abandon the idea of becoming a sage and give up ambition for worldly knowledge and learning, then their innate goodness will have a chance to manifest itself and will develop a hundredfold. When there is no activity of thinking to interfere, there is nothing that the mind can not accomplish in the way of good self-development. If ideas of benevolence

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and righteousness are abandoned, then people will return naturally to the primal virtues of filial piety and parental affection. If craftiness and acquisitiveness are abandoned, then theft and robbery will naturally disappear.

The reason why I refer to this is because of the deficiency of these primal virtues in our present culture. Let us restrain our sensual desires and egoism and return to simplicity and naturalness.

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