Make the people happy

葉公問政。子曰:「近者說,遠者來。」
The Duke of She asked about governance. Confucius said: “If you make the people near to you happy others will come from afar.”

Population was the measure of the strength and power of a state during the tumultuous Spring and Autumn period that Confucius lived in: the more people there were to till the land in times of peace and join the army whenever war threatened the better.

Quite a contrast with the debates about immigration that are raging in the modern world.

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