TAO TE CHING 75

The starvation of the people

Occurs when those in authority

Devour everything they have

Through excessive tax

 

For this reason

The people starve

 

The people are difficult to govern

Because the powers that be

Are fond of interfering

For this reason

The people are difficult to govern

 

People die

For the most frivolous reasons

Because they long to get caught up

In the thickness of life

For this reason

People die needlessly

 

Truly, only those who do not force life

Are worthy of life’s treasures

 

 

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