Manufacturing Consent

Prince Si of Way wanted to impose mandatory vaccination, but people weren't happy about it. He complained to Boyi. People are so stupid, he said. This vaccine is for their own damned good. If they won't do it for themselves, I'll do it for them. What's the difference, anyhow?

Boyi told the prince, Just stop. If it's every man for himself and you don't organize it, that's no better than forcing it on them. If you force it on them and people have no choice, that's no better than every man for himself. Remember, governance is all about consent. Be clear so people know what's expected, be consistent because this will take a long time, and be reasonable so it's impossible to argue. Today, Yu, Xia, Yin and Zhao no longer exist. They all ignored consent.