A government cannot escape times of order and then times of anarchy. A nation will most certainly have times of prosperity and then times of decline. Declining and then prospering; Falling into anarchy and then restoring order: This is the normal way of things.
The First Year of Ansei, Winter. “A Record of Imprisonment.”
Posted by Motowori on 2013 October 7
There is no profit in becoming indignant in vain. Furthermore, matters under Heaven begin at home and with yourself.
The Fifth Year of Ansei, A Lucky Day of the New Year. “Appended to the notice by Lord Akinari of Mito”
ie: First live righteously yourself, and put your own house in order, then you can worry about the rest of the world.
Posted by Motowori on 2012 July 19
Generally, the foundation of all under Heaven is the nation and the home.
The Fourth Year of Ansei, The 28th of October. “Return Letter to Kuchiba Tokusuke”
Posted by Motowori on 2012 July 2
A main point of governing is to be inspired to encourage people so that they can each personally fulfill their potenial… Furthermore, this method has both rewards or punishments.
The Third Year of Ansei, the First of June. “Fortune Hall Policy.”
Posted by Motowori on 2012 May 16
Those who just chat about serious issues of the heart, body, house, and nation have no worth.
The Second Year of Ansei, The 22nd of June. “Minutes of the Head Lecturer”
Posted by Motowori on 2012 March 17
Don’t look for a single person in possession (all talents)… It is said in ancient times, “Finding a common, modest gentleman is easy. Finding an exceedingly excellent gentleman is difficult.” …If one is unable to find men of ability, no matter how good of government or system there is, it will be of no use.
The Second Year of Kaei, the Fourth Day of June. “The Complete Book of Teachings for Warriors: The Duty of Gentlemen”
Posted by Motowori on 2012 January 30