Vying For Profit

When people vie for profit, it fosters disorder. This is the natural course of things.
The Fifth Year of Ansei, The Sixth of the New Year. “Words of a Lunatic.”

1日利を争へば
利を争へば乱を長ずること、自然の勢なり。
安政五年正月六日「狂夫の言」

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Those Who Work for Virtue

Those who work profit keep their own bodies dying in bad years uselessly. They help many people flourish and keep them from death. Those who work for virtue keep their own hearts from disorder (midare) in a useless evil world. They influence many people for good and keep them from disorder.
The Third Year of Ansei, The Fourth of June. “Minutes of the Head Lecturer.”

19日徳に周き者は
利に周き者は徒に凶年其の身を殺す能はざるのみならず、又能く人を賑救して、あわせて死せざらしむるに足る。徳に周き者は徒に邪世其の心を乱す能はざるのみならず、又能く人を薫化して乱れざらしむるに足るなり。
安政三年六月四日「講孟箚記」

What is Disorder

The Shoukyoukou of Ming China says: “Disorder is not disaster and rebellion. People slowly defy the laws and noisily compete. That is disorder.”
The Second Year of Ansei. “Prison Q&A.”

3日乱とは
明の葉向高曰く、「乱とは禍変の説に非ざるなり、法紀凌遅し人心囂競す。即ち之れを乱と謂ふ」と。
安政二年「獄舎問答」