When the people do not fear consequences for their actions, then great disaster follows.
Do not interfere with their homes, and do not harass their livelihoods.
When the people are not oppressed they do not grow weary.
Therefore the wise person knows himself but does not parade himself, he takes care of himself but does not exalt himself. He rejects the without, while embracing the within.
(from Tao Te Ching, verse 72, translation by Robert Brookes)