Long ago Shun asked Yao, "As Heaven-appointed king, how do you use your mind?"At first glance, this snippet might indicate that we shouldn't concern ourselves with the plight of the poor. Hey, it's just a bunch of bustle! But that's not what I take away from it.
Yao replied, "I never abuse those who have nowhere to sue, nor reject the poor people. Grieving for the dead, comforting the orphan, pitying the widow - I use my mind in these things alone."
Shun said, "Admirable, as far as admirableness goes. But not yet great."
Yao said, "Then what should I do?"
Shun said, "Heaven raised on high, earth in peace, sun and moon shining, the four seasons marching - if you could be like the constant succession of day and night, the clouds which move, the rains that fall!"
"And to think I have been going to all this bustle and bother!" said Yao. "You are one who joins with Heaven; I am one who joins with man."
~ Burton Watson translation ~
Tao takes care of all things. If we follow Tao's example, then we are concerned for all, including the plight of the poor.
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