People’s Grievances Harm the Country.
The country will be harmed if the people harbor grievances. “People’s grievances” refers to dissatisfaction or even anger among the people over government policies. Broad dissatisfaction or anger among the general public indicates there may be problems of one sort or another in the country’s governance. If the people cannot live or work in a settled environment, social disorder can easily arise and lead to uprisings, which would not be good for the country. Under such circumstances, those in power or administration must make timely policy adjustments and work hard to ease the people’s feelings, so as to ensure stable and durable governance. This is of the same line of thought as the saying “a country with no resentful people is called a strong country,” and it can also be regarded as an example of the concept of “people first.”
If the people harbor grievances in their hearts, the country will be in danger. (Hanfeizi)
If a person’s feet are cold, his heart will be harmed; if people feel aggrieved, the country will be harmed. (Huangshigong’s Strategies on White Silk)
If those in power are corrupt and the people are aggrieved, disasters will occur and disturbances will erupt. (The History of the Han Dynasty)