If the people do not fear death,
how can the threat of death frighten them?
Suppose that the people do fear death.
Would a person break the law,
knowing that he would be arrested and put to death?
Would he put himself in that position?
There is one executioner.
If a person were to take his place,
it would be like taking the place of a master wood carver.
There are few that would not injure themselves.
-Lao-tzu- (Tao Te Ching, verse 74, interpretation by Robert Brookes)