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

Part One: The Canon of Secular Life

Chapter Six: The Nation

3. The Way of Citizens

The citizens are the nation’s masters. Hence, if all citizens fulfill their Way, then the nation will prosper and the masses gain happiness; but if not, the nation will decline and the masses will be unable to avoid misfortune. The Way of citizens is first to observe the nation’s laws. Regardless of whether they are leaders or followers, the nation’s laws must be strictly observed and duly obeyed. Second is to fulfill the duties of a citizen. All citizens must fulfill all their duties regarding education, the economy, national defense, labor, and so forth. Third is to serve the public through one’s own occupation. With all citizens always engaging in their own occupations with the public spirit of benefitting oneself and benefitting others, and steadfastly promoting their own ways of life, they will thereby contribute also to national productivity and culture. Fourth is concord and unity. For the sake of the nation’s development and benefit, all citizens should refrain from seeking wrongful greed or wrongful profit, but should go forward instead with great unity.