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14 PEOPLE AND RULERS
Violation of the ruler's order or showing disrespect to him is like killing him without weapons. Instant sleep is likewise murdering a woman.
Rulers speak only once, scholars speak only once, girls are given in marriage only once All these three happen only once.
The ruler should not be like the subjects. The people should however be like a good iuIci. The ruier powerfully influences the entire people, towards righteous action or the opposite.
If mother gives poison, the father sells son, and the ruler takes away everything, who will protect me?
Where the ruler, along with the minister and the priest, is himself a thief, what shall I do? Where there is protection there is also fear.
If the ruler is righteous, people are righteous, if be is a sinner, the people are also sinners, if he is equal in virtue and vice, so are the people. People follow the ruler. Like ruler like people.
The ruler is responsible for the people's sin, the priest for the ruler's sin, husband for the wife's sin and the teacher for the student's sin.
If the ruler is like a lion, ministers like tigers and officials are like vultures, the people are destroyed.