57. Conquer with Inaction

   老子道德经(英译本)Lao Tze    

作者: 《Lao Tze》李耳 | 来源: 汉典古籍 | 查看: 0次 | 打开书架 | 选字释义

57. Conquer with Inaction

Do not control the people with laws,
Nor violence nor espionage,
But conquer them with inaction.

The more morals and taboos there are,
The more cruelty afflicts people;
The more guns and knives there are,
The more factions divide people;
The more arts and skills there are,
The more change obsoletes people;
The more laws and taxes there are,
The more theft corrupts people.

Yet take no action, and the people nurture eachother;
Make no laws, and the people deal fairly with eachother;
Own no interest, and the people cooperate with eachother;
Express no desire, and the people harmonize with eachother.