Heaven endures; Earth lasts a long time.
The reason why Heaven and Earth can endure and last a long time-
Is that they do not live for themselves.
Therefore they can long endure.
Therefore the Sage:
Puts himself in the background yet finds himself in the foreground;
Puts self-concern out of his mind, yet finds his self-concern is preserved.
Is it not because he has no self-interest,
That he is therefore able to realize his self-interest?
-Translation of Robert G. Henricks
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