Tao Te Ching
by LAO TSU
Translation by Gia Fu Feng


Fifty-Seven

Rule a nation with justice.
Wage war with suprise moves.
Become a master of the universe without striving.
How do I know that this is so?
Because of this!

The more laws and restrictions there are,
The poorer people become.
The sharper men's weapons,
The more trouble in the land.
The more ingenious and clever men are,
The more strange things happen.
The more rules and regulations,
The more thieves and robbers.

Therefore the sage says:
   I take no action and people are reformed.
   I enjoy peace and people become honest.
   I do nothing and people become rich.
   I have no desires and people return to the good and simple life.