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Scope: Indulgence in Excess Request type: Paragraph
Condition 1: Contains text "必厚作斂於百姓暴奪民衣食之財以為宮室臺榭曲直之望青黃刻鏤之飾" Matched:1.
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辭過 - Indulgence in Excess

English translation: W. P. Mei [?] Library Resources
2 辭過:
Indulgence in Excess:...:
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. And, 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. 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: "賑". Corrected by 孫詒讓《墨子閒詁》

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