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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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16. The Master said further, “If we examine the state of public sentiment these days, we often find that people presume they are contributing to nation-building even as they create a storm in the midst of calm by needlessly stirring up popular passions or by treating their fellow countrymen like enemies. However, true nation-building manifests its potential by calming even the storms that are already raging and by changing even old enmities into beneficent relations, so that true power is attained by people of all classes holding hands and collaborating with one mind. If the proper order is preserved in the midst of equality and laws and regulations are respected in the midst of freedom, and if the rich or the poor, officials or the people, perform their respective roles and bring their hearts together, the task of building a new state will naturally be realized. Only after the successful founding of the state will ideology, equality, freedom, and rights have any meaning, and only then shall we be able to enjoy our happiness on our own. By putting down the ‘small self” and asserting the “great self,” “small self” and “great self” will both be saved. However, if the “great self” is put down and the “small self” is asserted, then both will perish.”