The power of moderation

The key to a long and happy life is to keep your feet firmly on the ground and build up your energy by acting only when necessary.

The same principle applies if you are governing a country. The more you interfere in people’s affairs, the greater the risk that they will rise up against you.

「治人事天莫若嗇,夫唯嗇是謂早服;早服謂之重積德,重積德則無不克;無不克則莫知其極,莫知其極可以有國;有國之母可以長久,是謂深根固柢,長生久視之道。」
In leading the people and serving Heaven,
Nothing beats moderation.
Only by moderation can you be ready early.
To get ready early means to build up Virtue in abundance.
By accumulating Virtue, you can overcome any difficulty.
If you can overcome any difficulty, you will know no limits.
Without any limits, you are capable of leading a country.
If you lead like the mother, you will long endure.
This is called having deep roots and a firm foundation;
The Way of long life and eternal clarity.

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