Use stability to govern the country

Use surprise to wage war

Do not interfere

And you’ll win All Below Heaven!

How do I know this is so?

Through this:

The more hearts are confined

Through rules and restrictions

The poorer people become

The sharper their weapons

The more chaotic the country

The craftier their schemes

The more trickery there is

The more law and order

The more criminals appear

Therefore, the sage says:

I do nothing

And people transform by themselves

I love tranquillity

And people are naturally correct

I do not interfere

And people are naturally enriched

I have no desires

And everybody returns

To their natural selves





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