Do’s and Don’ts

In one of his speeches to the National People’s Congress this week, China’s president set forth a new set of 8 "Do’s and Don’ts" that he wants Chinese people to live by.  Here they are:

Love, do not harm the motherland.

Serve, don’t disserve the people.

Uphold science; don’t be ignorant and unenlightened.

Work hard; don’t be lazy and hate work.

Be united and help each other; don’t gain benefits at the expense of others.

Be honest and trustworthy, not profit-mongering at the expense of your values.

Be disciplined and law-abiding instead of chaotic and lawless.

Know plain living and hard struggle, do not wallow in luxuries and pleasures.

Wouldn’t it be nice if it were that simple?