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Confucius philosophical leadership learning: The Great Learning!

What the Great Learning teaches is: to illustrate illustrious virtue; to renovate the people; and to rest in the highest excellence.

The point where to rest being known, the object of pursuit is then determined; and, that being determined, an unperturbed calmness may be attained to.

tglTo that calmness there will succeed a tranquil repose. In that repose there may be careful deliberation, and that deliberation will be followed by the attainment of the desired end.

Things have their root and their branches. Affairs have their end and their beginning. To know what is first and what is last will lead near to what is taught in the Great Learning.

The ancients who wished to illustrate illustrious virtue throughout the world, first ordered well their own States.

Wishing to order well their States, they first regulated their families.

Wishing to regulate their families, they first cultivated their persons.

Wishing to cultivate their persons, they first rectified their hearts.

Wishing to rectify their hearts, they first sought to be sincere in their thoughts.

Wishing to be sincere in their thoughts, they first extended to the utmost of their knowledge.

Such extension of knowledge lay in the investigation of things.

Things being investigated, knowledge became complete.

Their knowledge being complete, their thoughts were sincere.

Their thoughts being sincere, their hearts were then rectified.

Their hearts being rectified, their persons were cultivated.

Their persons being cultivated, their families were regulated.

Their families being regulated, their States were rightly governed.

Their States being rightly governed, the entire world was at peace.

From the Son of Heaven down to the mass of the people, all must consider the cultivation of the person the root of everything besides.

It cannot be, when the root is neglected, that what should spring from it will be well ordered.

It never has been the case that what was of great importance has been slightly cared for, and, at the same time, that what was of slight importance has been greatly cared for.

Confucius, The Great Learning.



2 responses to “Confucius philosophical leadership learning: The Great Learning!”

  1. Bern Andrew Avatar
    Bern Andrew


    Thank you for sharing.

    Question: On the club website should we consider a page for a “book club” similar to Oprah’s bookclub where recommended books are reviewed or commented on. Since we are not selling books on the site, I believe it would be permitted, but I will check.

    Andy >

  2. Nekita LAmour Avatar

    Thanks for sharing the Great Learning. I have been to Japan after six months of studying their culture. I witness first hand the impact of the Confucius philosophy in the country, amongs the people. It’s very sad for me to live in a community where a pay check, a job is what matters. Unless one was lucky to get a fancy job, one’s learning has no place in such an intellectually needy community. We can learn a lot from the Eastern countries and cultures like Buddhism, Hinduism, and Confucianisms.

    The communities can hold physical book clubs, literary circles. Again for these to occur in my area, someone with a fancy job or fancy title like priest or pastor will have to take the lead. Very sad.
    Thanks for sharing.

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