It is better to have a small state with few people,
even if they possess a thousand-fold more tools than needed,
and do not use them.
Let them value their lives,
and have no desire to move away.
Even if they have boats and carriages,
they will have no place to go in them.
Even if they own weapons,
there will be no occasion to display them.
Let them return to using knotted ropes for counting.
Delight in their food.
Be pleased with their clothes and content in their homes.
Find joy in everyday life.
Neighboring communities in sight of one another –
so close that the roosters and dogs can hear each other.
The people grow old and die,
never having even visited one another.
-Lao-tzu- (Tao Te Ching, verse 80, interpretation by Robert Brookes)