Pretty much everything in this world is phony to one extent or another and most people are magicians. They try to trick you, delude you, and create illusions. That is, pretty much everything except the Dao. The Dao is true. It practices no charlatanism, no trickery. The rules apply to everyone. There are no exceptions made for anyone. This is not the case in the material world where the magicians attempt to weave their ‘magic’ for their benefit. Do not be an audience to them or be fooled by their chicanery. Invest in the truth of the Dao and live a life of wisdom and honesty.