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以正治国   Use fairness in governing the state.
以奇用兵   Use surprise tactics in war.
以无事取天下   Be unconcerned and you will have the world.
吾何以知其然哉   How do I know it is like this?
以此   Because:
天下多忌讳   The more regulations there are,
而民弥贫   The poorer people become.
民多利器   The more people own lethal weapons,
国家滋昏   The more darkened are the country and clans.
人多伎巧   The more clever the people are,
奇物滋起   The more extraordinary actions they take.
法令滋彰   The more picky the laws are,
盗贼多有   The more thieves and gangsters there are.
故圣人云   Therefore the sages say:
我无为而民自化   I do not force my way and the people transform themselves.
我好静而民自正   I enjoy my serenity and the people correct themselves.
我无事而民自富   I do not interfere and the people enrich themselves.
我无欲而民自朴   I have no desires
And the people find their original mind.

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