Friday, November 05, 2004

From The Analects of Confucius:
When a country is well governed, poverty and a mean condition are things to be ashamed of. When a country is ill governed, riches and honor are things to be ashamed of.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

is there such a government as ill-governed hiding under the guises well-governed one. What could Confucius be saying?

angelo a.

R. O. said...

Paradox!

R. O. said...

Paradox!

Confucius, I like!

Confusing, though.

jas said...

amen.

Ronnel said...

Hmm. I don't think an ill-governed country can pretend to be a well-governed one. The people can tell. And even if they won't tell, their bodies will show the nation's true condition (like in North korea). Potemkin villages collapse in due time. I don't really get Confucius too though. Too simple and yet at the same time too dense.

aa said...

hmm..it was an allusion. i was thinking along the line when a country tries to convince itself that it is out of [financial] crisis with smiling face. neither ill-governed, nor well-governed.