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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.