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When the government is lazy and dull, its people are unspoiled; When the government is efficient and smart, its people are discontented.

Chapter 58

If a country is governed with tolerance,
the people are comfortable and honest.
If a country is governed with repression,
the people are depressed and crafty.
When the will to power is in charge,
the higher the ideals, the lower the results.
Try to make people happy,
and you lay the groundwork for misery.
Try to make people moral,
and you lay the groundwork for vice.
Thus the Master is content
to serve as an example
and not to impose her will.
She is pointed, but doesn't pierce.
Straightforward, but supple.
Radiant, but easy on the eyes.

What's Master DudeWay Say?

Picture the world of The Truman Show. The director, Christof, tries to create a "perfect" world for Truman, controlling every aspect of his life. But this only results in Truman feeling trapped and stifled, ultimately rebelling against the control. It's a clear metaphor for the outcome of trying to control and govern with repression. In contrast, a more tolerant approach, giving Truman the freedom to live his life as he sees fit, could have resulted in a happier and more honest life for him.

Dudeism Abides

It's like Ferris Bueller said, "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." Same goes for governments, man. Sometimes, slower is better. Keep it chill and let the Tao guide the way.

Tolerance breeds joy,
Repression leads to deceit,
Freedom's the real McCoy.

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