If people do not fear death why threaten them with it?
But suppose they did fear death and this was the fate handed to lawbreakers
Who would dare to do the killing?
There is always a Lord of Death
He who takes the place of the Lord of Death is like one who cuts with the blade of a master carpenter
Whoever cuts with the blade of a master carpenter is sure to cut his own hands
…Verse 74 from “Tao Te Ching”
Lao-Tzu, translated by Jonathan Star