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民之饥   The reason people starve
以其上食税之多   Is because their rulers tax them excessively.
是以饥   [Therefore they starve.]
民之难治   They are difficult to govern
以其上之有为   Because their rulers have their own [selfish] ends in mind.
是以难治   [Therefore they are difficult to govern.]
民之轻死   The reason people take death lightly
以其求生之厚   Is because they want life to be rich.
是以轻死   Therefore they take death lightly.
夫唯无以生为者   It is only by not living for your own ends
是贤于贵生   That you can go beyond valuing life.

Sitelen Sitelen Renderer by Olaf Janssen.

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