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posted on 28 November 2017

America: What Did Mencius Mean?

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After listening to Winston Churchill, Ronald Reagan, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Confucius, Aristotle, Sun Tzu, and Plato, let's listen to Mencius, shall we?


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First off, who is Mencius?

Below is an excerpt from Wikipedia - Mencius.

Mencius, also known by his birth name Meng Ke or Meng Ko (孟轲), was born in the State of Zou, now forming the territory of the county-level city of Zoucheng (originally Zouxian), Shandong province, only thirty kilometres (eighteen miles) south of Qufu, Confucius' birthplace.

He was an itinerant Chinese philosopher and sage, and one of the principal interpreters of Confucianism. Supposedly, he was a pupil of Confucius' grandson, Zisi. Like Confucius, according to legend, he travelled throughout China for forty years to offer advice to rulers for reform.[7] During the Warring States period (403 - 221 BC), Mencius served as an official and scholar at the Jixia Academy in the State of Qi (1046 BC to 221 BC) from 319 to 312 BC. He expressed his filial devotion when he took three years leave of absence from his official duties for Qi to mourn his mother's death. Disappointed at his failure to effect changes in his contemporary world, he retired from public life.

1. Quote #1

We live, not as we wish to, but as we can.

He meant: President Trump is the best America can possibly have for now. Give him a chance to govern. For more, read: Give President Trump a Chance to Govern!

2. Quote #2

Without effective protection of the citizens' right to property, it will be difficult to attract and accumulate valuable capital.

He meant: Capitalism over socialism! For more, watch the video below.

3. Quote #3

He who attends to his greater self becomes a great man, and he who attends to his smaller self becomes a small man.

He meant: Donald Trump certainly has two sides, great and small. The great side: he won the American Presidency! The small side: getting re-elected ad nauseam! For more, read: President Trump: Getting Re-elected Ad Nauseam?

4. Quote #4

The root of the kingdom is in the state. The root of the state is in the family. The root of the family is in the person of its head.

He meant: Read: Towards an Ideal Form of Government (Version 3).

5. Quote #5

If the king loves music, there is little wrong in the land.

He meant: Maybe the Chinese President has got this one right (see image below). For more, read: Understanding China and President Xi, Truly!

6. Quote #6

It is not difficult to govern. All one has to do is not to offend the noble families.

He meant: Read: Governance in China: Past, Present, and Future.

7. Quote #7

If Confucius wasn't born, the long night would have no bright lamp.

He meant: Read: America: What Did Confucius Mean?

8. Quote #8

The people are the most important element in a nation; the spirits of the land and grain are the next; the sovereign is the least.

He meant: If you want a strong country, educate your people! For more, read: Brainwashing in Communism and in Democracy.

9. Quote #9

Every duty is a charge, but the charge of oneself is the root of all others.

He meant: President Trump, focus on governing and forget about campaigning for 2020! For more, read: President Trump: Governing vs. Campaigning for 2020.

10. Quote #10

Truth uttered before its time is always dangerous.

He meant: American democracy will fail, just like Greek democracy, ancient or modern, unless you follow Frank Li's suggestions! For more, read the image below.

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