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《孝治 - Filial Piety in Government》

English translation: James Legge [?]
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1 孝治:
子曰:「昔者明王之以孝治天下也,不敢遺小國之臣,而況於公、侯、伯、子、男乎?故得萬國之歡心,以事其先王。治國者,不敢侮於鰥寡,而況於士民乎?故得百姓之歡心,以事其先君。治家者,不敢失於臣妾,而況於妻子乎?故得人之歡心,以事其親。夫然,故生則親安之,祭則鬼享之。是以天下和平,災害不生,禍亂不作。故明王之以孝治天下也如此。《》云:『有覺德行,四國順之。』」
Filial Piety in Government:...:
The Master said, "Anciently, when the intelligent kings by means of filial piety ruled all under heaven, they did not dare to receive with disrespect the ministers of small states. How much less would they do so to the dukes, marquises, counts, and barons! Thus it was that they got (the princes of) the myriad states with joyful hearts (to assist them) in the (sacrificial) services to their royal predecessors.
The rulers of states did not dare to slight wifeless men and widows. How much less would they slight their officers and the people! Thus it was that they got all their people with joyful hearts (to assist them) in serving the rulers, their predecessors.
The heads of clans did not dare to slight their servants and concubines. How much less would they slight their wives and sons! Thus it was that they got their men with joyful hearts (to assist them) in the service of their parents.
In such a state of things, while alive, parents reposed in (the glory of) their sons, and, when sacrificed to, their disembodied spirits enjoyed their offerings. Therefore for all under heaven peace and harmony prevailed; disasters and calamities did not occur; misfortunes and rebellions did not arise.
It is said in the Book of Poetry: To an upright, virtuous conduct All in the four quarters of the state render obedient homage."

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