From the margins of I’ Ching

Lao Tzu, a sixth-century B.C. Chinese philosopher, says of this idea:

The best rulers are those whose existence is merely known by the people.

The next best are those who are loved and praised. The next are those who are feared.

And the next are those who are despised. It is only when one does not have enough faith in others that others will have no faith in him.

The great rulers value their words highly.

They accomplish their task; they complete their work. Nevertheless, their people say that they simply follow Nature.

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