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The great Way is all-encompassing and nurturing, without claiming to be the master. Its greatness is achieved by not claiming greatness.

Chapter 34

The great Way is all-encompassing;
It can flow to the left and to the right.
All things rely on it for life, and it does not refuse them.
When its work is accomplished, it does not claim credit.
It clothes and nurtures all things but does not claim to be their master.
Ever desireless, it can be called small;
All things return to it, yet it does not claim to be their master, thus it can be called great.
Because it never claims greatness, its greatness is achieved

What's Master DudeWay Say?

Consider the iconic bass line from the song "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson. While the bass line might not be the most prominent part of the song, its presence provides a solid foundation for the other instruments and vocals to build upon. The great Way, like this bass line, flows subtly and harmoniously, nurturing and sustaining all life without claiming to be the master. Its greatness is achieved by not seeking the spotlight, and by staying humble, it allows everything else to flourish and dance in harmony with its rhythm.

Dudeism Abides

The Way flows, supports all life without a claim. Not seeking greatness, it becomes truly great.

Bass line of life's song,
Nurtures all, like "Billie Jean,"
Humble greatness thrives.

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