Chapter 53. Growing of clarity
Oh if I were wise enough to follow the great Tao!
The great Tao is extremely easy, but people prefer to walk complicated ways.
Governance is hard work.
Even if a house is outstandingly equipped, the fields can be full of weeds and the granaries empty.
Dressing up beautifully, carrying sharp swords, opulent eating and drinking and amassing great riches – I call this fancy theft.
That it is not of Tao is certain.
Own translation from 1925 Finnish translation by Pekka Ervast (ISBN 951-8995-01-X) with kind permission of Ruusu-Ristin Kirjallisuusseura ry.