TAO TE CHING 74

death

If people are not afraid of death

How can you threaten them with death?

 

If people always

Lived in fear of death

And those that acted

Perverse and unnatural

Could be seized and executed

Who would presume to be reckless?

 

There is always a master executioner

To kill such people

Truly, if someone were to try and kill

In place of the master executioner

It would be like trying to take the place

Of a master wood-worker

 

In trying to take the place of a master carpenter

There are few that would not

Cut off their own hands!

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