The people’s faith was lost as well - From "The New Tao Te-Ching""

Chapter 17
In oldest times the rulers were unknown.
The next age rulers were were both loved and praised.
The next age they were feared and then despised.
And then the rulers lost faith in the Tao.
Which meant the people’s faith was lost as well.
The earliest appeared irresolute
but reticence concealed great gravity.
Their work achieved complete success
and people said, We’re as we are, ourselves.
The New Tao Te-Ching

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