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Friday, 12 May 2006

Good Governance

The men of old, wanting to clarify & diffuse throughout the empire that light which comes from looking straight into the heart & then acting, first set-up good government in their states;

wanting good government in their states, they first established order in their own families;

wanting order in the home, they first disciplined themselves;

desiring self-discipline, they rectified their own hearts;

& wanting to rectify their hearts, they sought precise verbal defintions of their inarticulate thoughts;

wishing to attain precise verbal defintions, they set to extend their knowledge to the utmost.

This completion of knowledge is rooted in sorting things into organic categories.

[Confucius, from 'The Great Digest']

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