“Are you able to do nothing?” How easily Lao Tsu arrests the mind! As we know, any fool can do something, but rare indeed is that man, the one who can do nothing.
A gentleman does not: (1) claim credit, (2) curry favour, (3) deflect blame.
If I do not desire anything and I am not afraid of anything, then the mind is quiet. Not asleep or chewing its cud, but alert, watchful and ready. Like a top-of-class majordomo.
The good king doesn’t do much, and what he does do, he does quietly. It seems to his subjects that while nothing is done, nothing remains undone.
The full stop, so natural and necessary, is imbedded in the creation narrative.