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.
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.