Chapter 74. Execution

June 23rd, 2012 / / categories: Uncategorized /

If people were not afraid of death,

Then what would be the use of an executioner¡ª

If people were only afraid of death,

And you executed everyone who did not obey,

No one would dare to disobey you.

Then what would be the use of an executioner¡ª

 

People fear death because death is an instrument of fate.

When people are killed by execution rather than by fate,

This is like carving wood in the place of a carpenter.

Those who carve wood in place of a carpenter

Often injure their hands.

七十四章 民不畏死

民不畏死,奈何以死惧之?

若使民常畏死,而为奇者,吾得执而杀之,孰敢?

常有司杀者杀。

夫代司杀者杀,是谓代大匠斫。

夫代大匠斫者,希有不伤其手矣。

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