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THE DHARMA DISCOURSES OF CARDINAL MASTER CHŎNGSAN(CHŎNGSAN CHONGSA PŎBŎ)

Part One: The Canon of Secular Life

Chapter Five: Society

5. The Way of the Public

When a person lives in a society, one can either be a member of the general public or a public servant. Therefore, a society cannot do without a Way of the public. The Way of the public is first to respect public sentiment, “public sentiment” meaning what is generally accepted by the society as correct. All individuals should respect and obey public laws and the general consensus. Second is to observe propriety: those who lead and those who follow, men and women, old and young, wise and foolish, strong and weak, must each not neglect the rules of propriety with regard to the other. Third is to give pride of place to the public interest. In all matters, whenever public and private interests conflict, one should give pride of place to the public interest. One should exert one’s utmost efforts for the sake of the public interest, while being thrifty when using public property and while duly venerating those who devote themselves to public service. Fourth is to realize for oneself the public principle. That is, one must proceed with a thorough realization that respecting the public means to respect oneself and benefitting the public means to benefit oneself, and also that serving the public interest is a fundamental duty of gratitude.

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