Confucian Analects

Wei Chang


Some one addressed Confucius, saying, 'Sir, why are you not engaged in the government?'

The Master said, 'What does the Shu-ching say of filial piety?- "You are filial, you discharge your brotherly duties. These qualities are displayed in government." This then also constitutes the exercise of government. Why must there be THAT- making one be in the government?'