忠經 Zhong Jing #7








忠經 Zhong Jing #7

政理章 Politics Rational Chapter


忠經 Zhong Jing #7

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Larry Neal Gowdy

Copyright ©2019 October 28, 2019



The seventh chapter of 忠經 (Zhong Jing) is titled 政理章, which is loosely interpreted to be Politics Rational Chapter.

The general theme of chapter #7 most focuses on the idea that nations' laws ought to focus topmost on virtue, have a middle focus on politics, and have a lower focus upon laws of punishment. The following quotes are draft translations of portions of sentences within 忠經 Zhong Jing chapter 7 政理章.


Man change-transform, him use virtue

Rational-logic it upper-topmost {also}

Then people daily change

Good and not know

Virtue change-transform concealed use

Use heart then not know place reason-cause

And citizens follow good {also}


The core topics of 道德經 Dao De Jing revolved around virtue, and yet many people want to believe that they are able to obtain a tao 'enlightenment' while purposefully possessing no virtue. It is very good to see Zhong Jing emphasize virtue as being topmost of importance.

Some people believe that they are able to attain an 'instant enlightenment' that is full, complete, and has nothing greater. However, within Nature, creativity has no boundaries, one's own inner qualities of virtue have no boundaries... there is no such thing as an identical emotion, nor such a thing as an identical virtue. Virtue is seeded, nurtured, and cultivated as it grows... how well virtue is seeded, nurtured, and cultivated, so will be the tone. 道德經 Dao De Jing spoke of similar.


Apply it use politics

Rational-logic it middle {also}

Follow people not obtain

Not be good

Politics apply have skill

Clear-obvious opinion-see regard people

People make-effort and behavior

Desire finish not able-to

Punish-discipline it use law-punish-harm

Rational-logic it lower {also}

Then people fear-worry and not dare-bold be {also}

Punish-laws approach use powerful

Know fear not-have criminal


And so goes the common politics of nations'... many laws for skills and punishments, but no virtuous laws. Within the sentences' ideas, virtue is weighed to be topmost of value, politics is as the middle of value, and punishment-discipline laws are as the lower of value. Within today's politics, perhaps the scale might could be most easily weighed upon Nature's laws being topmost, while everything else is the lower... unfortunately, all known modern laws are of the lower.

To many of us, it does seem peculiar that so many modern laws not only ignore Nature, but also claim to supersede the laws of Nature. Supernatural?




'Both bad-inferior regard-to politics

Full-complete regard-to virtue

Punish then involved-in examine-oneself and middle

(Emperor) Shun spread four ferocious-ominous

Walk clear-distinct numerous nation

Politics then involved-in simple and capable

Simple then easy follow-accompany

Capable then people submit'


A simple law... 'No stealing'. All healthy people can understand the simple law, and the simple law would apply for everyone and for every occasion. There would be no gray areas of it being illegal to steal a tomato while not being illegal for Internet companies to steal intellectual properties, copyrighted materials, and private data. Since the laws do not respect fairness, then citizens have no respect for the laws.

A related quote from Li Ren #11: 'Zi say: Junzi bosom virtue, tiny people bosom earthen-products. Junzi bosom fairness, tiny people bosom favor.' Is not the quote a very close summary of modern cultures? Modern laws focus on materialism and favoritism, while purposefully omitting virtue, fairness, and coherence of simplicity. Politics is as a double-four letter word... and no one is immune to the destructive nature of politics.


'Virtue then involved-in extensive and long-time

Not extensive then have not attain

Not long-time then people heart repeat-compound

Virtue person-ist rational-logic it root {also}

Trust-rely-on politics wrong virtue

Then weak-poor

Trust-rely-on punish wrong virtue

Then destroy-injure-ruin

Double virtue then substantial-thick-deep

Increase-add-to virtue then broad-vast

Therefore noble it do-one's-utmost regard-to virtue

Cultivate regard-to politics

Prudent-cautious regard-to punish-law

Punish-law not prudent-cautious regard-to know

Politics not cultivate raise-life-up

Virtue not do-one's-utmost and people not bosom

Solidify its devotion use

Bright-understanding its trust

Behavior it bandit lax-negligent

Ask, not rational-logic it {is-as}?

Devotion trust therefore oneself

Respectful diligent cultivate official

Official cultivate politics bright-understanding

And people oneself rational-logic

Therefore nothing not capable rational-logic it official

Nothing not able-to rational-logic it people

Poem say:

Spread politics excellent excellent

One-hundred happiness-prosperity correct strong-end

Politics its people rational-logic

Blessings-happiness they fitting {start-!-?}'


Zhong Jing's ideals about politics might indeed be reasonable, but, of course, surely would not be possible within today's cultures, and, apparently, did not exist within the author's era either.

Nevertheless, the author wrote a sentence that is very much worthy of further comment... 'Cultivate regard-to politics'. If, someday, people were to begin to give notice of Nature, and to give notice to the many cycles of human development that are dictated by Nature's laws, then perhaps the people might then begin to write their laws and customs to be within harmony with Nature's laws. The people's politics would then be cultivated relative to what is real within Nature, and not be cultivated relative to what is imagined within selfish favoritism.

Nature's harmony, virtue, is indeed the topmost rational logic.