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更法 - Reform of the Law

English translation: J. J. L. Duyvendak [?]
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8 更法:
公孫鞅曰:「前世不同教,何古之法?帝王不相復,何禮之循?伏羲神農教而不誅,黃帝堯舜誅而不怒,及至文武,各當時而立法,因事而制禮。禮法以時而定,制令各順其宜,兵甲器備各便其用。臣故曰:『治世不一道,便國不必法古。』湯武之王也,不循古而興;殷夏之滅也,不易禮而亡。然則反古者未可必非,循禮者未足多是也。君無疑矣。」
Reform of the Law:
Gong sun Yang said: "Former generations did not follow the same doctrines, so what antiquity should one imitate? The emperors and kings did not copy one another, so what rites should one follow? Fu Xi and Shen nong taught but did not punish; Huang di, Yao and Shun punished but were not angry; Wen wang and Wu wang both established laws in accordance with what was opportune and regulated rites according to practical requirements; as rites and laws were fixed in accordance with what was opportune, regulations and orders were all expedient, and weapons, armour, implements and equipment were all practical. Therefore, I say: 'There is more than one way to govern the world and there is no necessity to imitate antiquity, in order to take appropriate measures for the state.' Tang and Wu succeeded in attaining supremacy without following antiquity, and as for the downfall of Yin and Xia - they were ruined without rites having been altered. Consequently, those who acted counter to antiquity do not necessarily deserve blame, nor do those who followed established rites merit much praise. Let Your Highness not hesitate."

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