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The sage sees all as equal, treating and trusting all with the same kindness and sincerity.

Chapter 49

The sage has no fixed mind;
He takes the mind of the people as his mind.
He treats those who are good with goodness,
And he also treats those who are not good with goodness.
This is true goodness.
He trusts people who are trustworthy,
And he also trusts people who are not trustworthy.
This is true trust.

What's Master DudeWay Say?

The sage's approach here echoes the words of Atticus Finch in Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" when he advises Scout, "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it." Like Atticus, the sage takes the perspective of the people, showing kindness and trust to all, not just those who are already good or trustworthy. We should all strive to do the same.

Dudeism Abides

Be kind, be genuine, be chill to everyone.

Trust and kindness shared,
Viewpoints worn, wisdom declared,
In all, sage has cared.

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