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Ban wisdom, drop cleverness

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  ban
wisdom,
drop
cleverness
the people
will immediately
benefit
a hundredfold
  ban
benevolence,
drop
right action,
the people
will become
generous
even to family
ban
bright ideas
drop
profit
muggers
and robbers
will
disappear
these
methods
of life
have failed
replace them
with lack
of ambition,
less lust,
give
people
raw silk
to look at,
let their hands
heft a block
of uncarved
wood
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