power of being simple and ignorant


The ancients who showed their skill in practicing the Tao did

so, not to enlighten the people, but rather to make them simple and

ignorant. The difficulty in governing the people arises from their

having much knowledge.

He who (tries to) govern a state by his wisdom

is a scourge to it; while he who does not (try to) do so is a blessing.

He who knows these two things finds in them also his model and rule.

Ability to know this model and rule constitutes what we call the mysterious excellence (of a governor)

. Deep and far-reaching is such mysterious excellence,

showing indeed its possessor as opposite to others, but leading them to a great conformity to him.


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