Chapter 53: Fellowship of Kindred
A man is standing in front of a pond that has broken its banks and flooded into his compound, where his family is enjoying themselves without his presence.
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Should a man’s wealth disappear, only his kinsmen
will maintain their customary kindness.
If a man’s kindred cling to him with unfailing love,
his fortunes will never fail to flourish.
Pursuing a happy life without mixing with one’s clan
is like flooding a pond that has flimsy banks.
The real profit gained by gaining riches
is that one may then live surrounded by relatives.
Scores of kin will crowd around the kindly man
who gives generously and speaks sweetly.
In this wide world none enjoys a more faithful family
than he who hands out large gifts and holds back all anger.
The crow does not conceal his food, but calls his kind to share it;
prosperity will remain with men of such a nature.
The multitudes thrive when they observe their monarch
observing each one’s merits, not seeing mere sameness in all.
Close kinsmen who have become estranged
will come back when the cause of disagreement goes away.
When one who left him returns with justifying reason,
the ruler may, after careful reflection, accept him back.
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