And Master Kung* said that a man ought
to spend most of his time studying poetry and music and divine manner
and being very quiet inside himself. And Laotze advised him
"Do it in yourself, Kung, and don't try and teach other men.
If you try to be of some use in the world
you burden the people with your own insufficiency."
And Jesus pointed out that the usefulness of Solomon's public office
was inferior to the uselessness of flowers.
-- From Stay With God by Francis Brabazon
[*Master Kung: Confucius, 6th century B.C.]