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Single Idea 6329

[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / C. Ruling a State / 3. Government / a. Government]

Full Idea

It is because those in authority are too fond of action that the people are difficult to govern.

Gist of Idea

People are hard to govern because authorities love to do things


Lao Tzu (Tao Te Ching [c.350 BCE], II.LXXV.181)

Book Reference

Lao Tzu: 'Tao Te Ching', ed/tr. Lau,D.C. [Penguin 1963], p.137

A Reaction

I love this. It should be on the wall of every human institution in our civilization. How the heart sinks at the prospect of a 'new initiative'. Not that I am against action; it is just important to recognise that inaction is sometimes the best option.