2014年9月5日星期五

懲忿 古文学习 10

懲忿
Refrain from anger
10. 禁令不明,而嚴刑以靜亂;廟筭不精,而窮兵以侵鄰。猶釤禾以計蝗蟲,伐木以殺蛣蛣作蠹蝎,減食減食作食毒以中蚤蝨,撤舍以逐雀鼠也。(卷五十 抱朴子)

10. Before a ban has been stated clearly by the government, severe punishments were enforced to suppress disorderliness. Before a well-planned military strategy has been devised, the armed forces were deployed in full force to invade a neighboring country. Is this not like cutting down the crops in order to destroy the locusts; or chopping down trees to get rid of infestations of worms or bugs; or swallowing poison in order to kill lice and fleas; or tearing down a house in order to chase away sparrows and rats? 
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