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If people are no longer afraid to die,
Then death will be no deterrent.
They only commit capital crimes
When life becomes worse than death.

Nature is the great executioner
And death has long been its domain.
Assuming the role of the reaper
Ignores the double side of the blade.
Just like getting between a lumberjack and his lumber,
He who puts himself on the pathway
Is inclined to be cut down.

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