Chapter 80

Small countries have few people
Makes them have thousands of tools
And do not use them
Makes the people take death seriously
And do not move far off
Though they have boats and carts
There is nowhere to ride them
Though they have armour and weapons
There is nowhere to wear them
Makes the people go back to tying ropes
And using them
They attain excellence in governing
Sweetness in their food
Beauty in their clothes
Peace in their homes
Joy in their customs
Neighbouring countries watch each other
The sounds of roosters and dogs are heard by each other
The people until they grow old and die
Do not visit each other back and forth