The laity physically support the sangha and the sangha preserve and propagate the sasana (teachings), and the sangha are a potent 'field of merit' for the laity.
In some SE Asian countries, there is also a deep interrelationship between the laity, sangha and the government.
Its not one-sided, its a relationship that is mutually beneficial. Howevr, the mutual benefit may not be easy to see for a non-Buddhist.
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725
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