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Confucianism -> Yangzi Fayan -> Asking About the Dao -> 17

”。Someone asked about wuwei.
Yangzi said:
Why must there be goal-directed action?
In antiquity Shun and Yu
inherited Yao's imperial title
and practiced Yao's dao.
Laws and standards of measurement were clear,
li and music were established.
天下They let their hands drop to their sides and watched all people under Heaven prosper
—this was wuwei.
天下But as for those who inherited the throne after Jie and Zhou, when laws were abandoned and ritual and music were lost, to sit quietly and watch the death of all people under Heaven—would this have been wuwei?


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