Great Truths Are Always Simple
Great truths are always simple, as a saying goes in traditional Chinese culture. It means that fundamental principles, approaches and guiding rules are invariably straightforward and can be explained very concisely in simple words. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang quoted this saying in his Report on the Work of the Government to the National People’s Congress in March 2015. In a subsequent meeting he further elaborated on it. The concept of simplicity, he said, comes from The Analects that advocates the virtue of holding the people in high regard and streamlining governance. In other words, we as civil servants must first of all treat the people with respect, and never harass them with too much red tape. This, he said, dovetails with our efforts at streamlining governance and decentralization.