A small country may have many machines, but the people may have no use for them; they may have boats and carriages which they do not use, so they disperse them amongst their neighbours. Their armour and weapons are not displayed, for they are serious when regarding life and death. They do not travel far from home, and make not knots in ropes, but rather do much writing and much learning that they might further their prosperity. The food they eat is plain and good, and their clothes are simple; their homes are secure, without the need of bolts and bars, and they are happy in their ways and at peace with their neighbours. The cockerels and dogs of their neighbours can be heard not far away and give early warning. So the people of the villages grow old, and die in peace.