Protect the People
This term means safeguarding the people’s life. It first appeared in?The Book of History.?In the view of ancient Chinese, the Mandate of Heaven determined to whom supreme power in the human world belonged. The Mandate was bestowed and removed according to predetermined principles. Virtuous rulers received the Mandate, those without virtue lost it. The most important virtue for retaining the Mandate of Heaven was protecting the people, which was to ensure a safe and peaceful life for them, and this manifested the ruler’s love and care for his people. “Protecting the people” was a central goal of governance in ancient China.
- 别求闻由古先哲王，用康保民。 （《尚书?康诰》） （另外寻求古代明智的君王所用之法，用以安定百姓的生活。）
In addition, one should learn from the ancient sage kings and use their ways to protect the people and ensure their well-being.? (The Book of History)
- 曰：“德何如则可以王（wàng）矣？”曰：“保民而王，莫之能御也。” （《孟子?梁惠王上》） （[齐宣王]问道：“德行怎样才可以统一天下呢？”[孟子]回答：“能使百姓安居乐业，就能统一天下了，谁都抵挡不了。”）
King Xuan of Qi said: “What kind of virtue should one pose to be able to rule as a true king?” Mencius replied: “Protect the people and ensure their well-being, and you can rule as a king of all the land. No one can challenge you.”? (Mencius)?