Going to extremes

If you push people to extremes, they will eventually lose their fear and rise up against you. A wise leader stays in the background and lets people get on with their daily lives, intervening only when it is necessary.  

「民不畏威,則大威至。無狹其所居,無厭其所生。夫唯不厭,是以不厭,是以聖人自知不自見,自愛不自貴,故去彼取此。」
When the people lose their fear of a despot’s power,
A terrible calamity will take place.
Do not force people out of their homes.
Do not oppress them until they have no reason to live.
If you don’t oppress them,
They won’t rise up against you.
That’s why the wise:
Know themselves, but do not show off.
Cherish themselves, but don’t put themselves on a pedestal.
They discard the one,
And choose the other.

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