The Scripture of the Fo...


The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Four: The Way of Humanity


Kim Kich’ŏn asked the Founding Master, “What should human beings do in order to understand what is accordant and what discordant?” The Founding Master said, “To be ‘accordant’ (sun) means to carry out all human affairs by knowing the right order, just as the changes in the four seasons of spring, summer, autumn, and winter always keep their proper sequence. To be ‘discordant’ (yŏk) means to try to carry out matters that are beyond one’s capabilities without knowing the right order, and to insist that others do what they don’t want to do, and always to irritate others. When people are carrying out matters, if they first distinguish well the accordant and discordant and act by focusing on the accordant, then there will be hardly any matters that don’t succeed.”