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Mohism -> Mozi -> Book 1 -> On Dyeing -> 6

Now, how can the rulers obtain security?
They can obtain it by following the right way.
And one will naturally follow the right way when under good influence.
Therefore capable rulers
are very painstaking in the selection of men
while they may not be so careful in attending to the administration (themselves).
But the incapable
wear out their body and exhaust their energy,
tax their mind and stretch their thought,
and yet their states are only placed in greater danger
and their persons under more humiliation.
Now, it is not that these six princes do not value their states
or hold their lives cheap,
it is really that they do not understand the relative importance of things.
And it is due to bad influences that their idea of importance is distorted.


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