Thursday, December 16, 2010

Tzu-kung asked about government. The Master said, “Sufficient food, sufficient weapons, and the confidence of the common people.” Tzu-kung said, “Suppose you were forced to dispense with one of these three, which would you forgo?” The Master said, “Weapons.” Tzu-kung said, “Suppose you were forced to dispense with one of the two that were left, which would you forgo?” The Master said, “Food. For…death has been the lot of all men, but a people that no longer trusts its rulers is lost indeed.”
--Confucius, Analects

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