Tao Te Ching 80

sham

A small country

Has few people

 

Give them

A thousand different implements

And they’ll have no need to use them

 

They take death seriously

And do not treat it

As a distant thing

 

Even if they had

Boats and carriages

They would have no place

To ride them

 

Even if they had

Armour and weapons

They would have no fights

In which to use them

 

May the people

Rediscover the use

Of knotted cords

Take delight in their food

Beautify their clothing

Be at peace wherever they are

And take joy in their ancient ways

 

Neighbouring communities

Live in sight of one another

Their roosters and dogs

Bark and crow at one another

Yet people grow old and die

Without needing to come or go

 

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