The Scripture of the Fo...


The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Four: The Way of Humanity


One night the watchdog at the door of the Founding Master’s quarters barked loudly as someone approached, so a disciple got up and scolded the dog. The Founding Master said, “This dog’s duty is to bark. Why do you stop the dog from doing its duty? Everyone and everything in this world have their specific duties. Even in a single person, the eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, and mind each has its own duty to perform. Whether superior or subordinate, noble or humble, if everyone performs his or her duty, this world will then have order and progress. Thus, you must perform your own duty well, but also not hinder others from fulfilling theirs. However, among all these duties, there also is the central duty that governs all other duties. In human beings, the mind has that central duty; in societies and nations, the leaders have it, running and controlling all institutions. Therefore, if the person with the central duty neglects that duty even a little bit, all the duties within that person's purview will collapse together, and the institutions will naturally be thrown into disorder. You must each examine your own situation and be completely dedicated to performing whatever your duty may be. Be careful in commanding your mind, which is the pivotal agent of all duties, so that you create no hindrances to either your own fate or other people’s futures.”