The Scripture of the Fo...


The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Four: The Way of Humanity


The Founding Master scolded Kim Namch’ŏn about a certain matter, then said to Mun Chŏnggyu, “What I’ve scolded Namch’ŏn about does not pertain only to Namch’ŏn. What do you think, Chŏnggyu? Whomever I might scold, you, Chŏnggyu, should first examine your own conduct: if you have committed the same mistake, correct it; and if not, keep reminding yourself about it so that you do not commit the same error in the future. Never criticize or be scornful of the person being scolded. A foolish person is so engrossed in pointing out the faults of others that he is oblivious to his own; a wise person examines his own faults and has no time for others’ pros and cons.”