80 – Happy Neighbors

Bamboo raft at the Ulong river near Yangshuo, Guanxi province, China

 

In a small country with few people,
even if they have hundreds of tools,
they will not use them.

They value their lives and
do not wish to go anywhere else.

Even if they have a boat and cars,
they do not wish to use them.

Even if they have weapons,
they do not need to display them.

Let the women use their hands for knitting
instead of writing.

Let them enjoy their food,
keep their clothes beautiful
and be happy in their everyday lives.

Neighbors may hear the roosters crowing
and dogs barking in neighboring cities,

but will live their entire lives
without the need to visit each other
and leave their happy home.

 

 

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