THE DHARMA DISCOURSES O...

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

Part Two: Dharma Discourses

Chapter Three: On Korea’s National Prospects

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7. The Master continued, “The third thing regarding the spirit of founding a state is loyalty, justice, and dedication to the public good. Loyalty means a constancy of mind that is free from falsehood. Justice refers to doing right to the utmost, without discriminating between self and others. Dedication to the public good means contributing to society and the nation with a mind of loyalty and justice. In whatever age, if the spirit of loyalty and justice is absent in the world, then any enterprise, society, or nation will only be a making a deceptive show, and will inevitably come to nothing. Thus, we must examine our own minds, and if the spirit of loyalty and justice is present, we must amplify it; but if it is absent, we must arouse those states of mind, even if we have to force ourselves. Hence, if with the spirit of justice we resist the wrong however tempting, and persevere in the right however distasteful, and if people proceed wholeheartedly with loyalty and justice, then the task of founding a state will be successful and the foundation of our nation will be as solid as if it were built on the rock of Mount Tai.”