Let them have tools that do the work of ten or a hundred,
and never use them.
Let them be mindful of death
and disinclined to long journeys.
They'd have ships and carriages,
but no place to go.
They'd have armor and weapons,
but no parades.
Instead of writing,
they might go back to using knotted cords.
They'd enjoy eating,
take pleasure in clothes,
be happy in their houses,
devoted to their customs.
The next little country might be so close,
the people could hear cocks crowing
and dogs barking there,
but they'd get old and die
without ever having been there.
Lao Tzu, Tao te Ching.
Interpreted by Ursula K. Le Guin.