The Master traveled to Wei, with Ran Qiu as his carriage driver. [Upon arriving,] the Master remarked, “How numerous the people of this state are!”
Ran Qiu asked, “Being already numerous, what can be done to further improve them?”
The Master replied, “Make them wealthy.”
“Once they are wealthy, what else can be done to improve them?”
“Instruct them.”Confucius, & Slingerland, E. (2003). Analects: With selections from traditional commentaries. Hackett Publishing.
When the Master went to Wei, Ran You acted as his carriage driver. The Master said, A sizable population!
Ran You said, Once you have a sizable population, what should you do next?
The Master said, Make them rich!
And once they are rich?
The Master said, Instruct them!Confucius, & Watson, B. (2007). The Analects of Confucius. Columbia University Press.