Zhuangzi translation and commentary

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Don’t make a name for yourself or follow a plan. Don’t take responsibility or claim knowledge. Thoroughly embody what can’t be exhausted and wander where you can’t be seen. Take everything you get from heaven but don’t consider it gain. Just be empty. Perfect people use their minds like mirrors, without anticipating the future or regretting the past. They respond without keeping, so they can dominate things without decimating them. [1]

[1] This is an odd little passage because it is not placed in a story.