The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Tao Teh King by Lao-tze:|
described as hewing wood instead of a great carpenter. Seldom is it
that he who undertakes the hewing, instead of the great carpenter,
does not cut his own hands!
75. 1. The people suffer from famine because of the multitude of taxes
consumed by their superiors. It is through this that they suffer
2. The people are difficult to govern because of the (excessive)
agency of their superiors (in governing them). It is through this
that they are difficult to govern.
3. The people make light of dying because of the greatness of their
labours in seeking for the means of living. It is this which makes