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Single Idea 6322

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 2. Elements of Virtue Theory / g. Desires]

Full Idea

There is no crime greater than having too many desires.

Gist of Idea

There is no crime greater than having too many desires

Source

Lao Tzu (Tao Te Ching [c.350 BCE], II.XLVI.104)

Book Reference

Lao Tzu: 'Tao Te Ching', ed/tr. Lau,D.C. [Penguin 1963], p.107


A Reaction

It seems harsh to call this a 'crime', given that no one is likely to choose to have 'too many' desires. The crime is in deciding to stimulate desire to excess, or deciding to show no sensible restraint.