Chinese Proverb of the week: 8


guó yì zhì ér jiā nán qí

国 易 治 而 家 难 齐

Easier to rule a kingdom than run a family

Chinese familyI’m not sure if we have a similar proverb, but I totally agree with the sentiments in this one.

‘Running’ a family in such a way that it remains a happy, productive and united is hard work. The dynamics are often difficult, emotion can cloud judgement, siblings jockey for position. In addition  you may have the opinions and interference of other relatives and  in-laws to contend with, not to mention your own frailties.   At the same time your  community and society will be quick to judge you if you are considered to be failing in the task.

Ruling a kingdom would be far easier to my mind, you can issue edicts and have others enforce them, you have impartial advisors to help guide you forward, you have minions to do your bidding..and a bureaucracy to manage affairs, accounts, etc.  You can stifle opposition; Obviously I’d be a dictator ….but a benign dictator!                                            You can call me Kim Jong  Herschelian!

About herschelian

Recently moved to Beijing from London - its all new to me! Trying to learn Chinese, and what makes this city tick.
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