Chi K'ang asked Confucius about government, saying,
'What do you say to killing the unprincipled for the good of the principled?'
Confucius replied, 'Sir, in carrying on your government, why should you use
killing at all? Let your evinced desires be for what is good, and the people
will be good. The relation between superiors and inferiors is like that between
the wind and the grass. The grass must bend, when the wind blows across