80

If a country is governed wisely,
its inhabitants will be content.
They enjoy the labor of their hands
and don’t waste time inventing
labor-saving machines.
Since they dearly love their homes,
they aren’t interested in travel.
There may be a few wagons and boats,
but these don’t go anywhere.
There may be an arsenal of weapons,
but nobody ever uses them.
People enjoy their food,
take pleasure in being with their families,
spend weekends working in their gardens,
delight in the doings of the neighborhood.
And even though the next country is so close
that people can hear its roosters crowing and its dogs
barking,
they are content to die of old age
without ever having gone to see it.

Tao Te Ching: A New English Version, with Foreword and Notes, by Stephen Mitchell
Chosen November 26, 2012

1 Response to 80

  1. Elisa's Spot says:

    This one goes with the solar question about what would give my loved ones the most pleasure. 🙂

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