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Mohism -> Mozi -> Book 1 -> Indulgence in Excess -> 2

When the present rulers build their residences, they are quite different from this.
They would tax the people,
robbing them of their means of livelihood,
in order to have their palaces covered with porches and pavilions in various designs
and adorned with paintings and sculpture.
When the ruler builds his palaces in this fashion,
his assistants naturally imitate him.
1And, so, there is not sufficient wealth to prepare against famine and dearth or to relieve the orphans and widows.
And the people become more unruly as the state becomes poorer.
天下If the rulers sincerely desire to have the empire orderly
and hate to see it in disorder,
they must not indulge in building houses and palaces.

1. 振 : Originally read: "赈". Corrected by 孙诒让《墨子闲诂》


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