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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8. The Master continued, “The fourth thing regarding the spirit of founding a state is clarity of right relations. In constructing the state, there must be leaders and followers, venerators and venerated. If leaders do not have the authority to lead and followers do not have a willingness to be led, or the venerated have no position for being venerated and those who should be venerating have no intention of doing so, then each person would behave as the boss, which would make orderly government difficult. Wouldn’t this subvert nation-building? Therefore, even if those who were being led yesterday assume a leadership position today, we must readily receive their leadership; in the same manner, if those who lead today stand in the position to be led tomorrow, then they must readily accept others’ leadership. As for veneration, if the right person at the right time assumes a position that deserves veneration, one should give that person veneration appropriate to the case, transcending far and near, intimate and distant, or the sameness or difference of ideologies, and thus progress together by cooperating with him. I believe this is the correct path for a civilized people’s nation-building.”