Classic of Rites
The ultimate universal principle revolves around the truth that all men under heaven are created equal.
Talents, virtue, and ability are the only base for assignments.
Dignity, trust, and mutual respect are the core components of enlightenment.
Man loves not only his related ones, nurtures not only his own sons.
Competent provisions are secured for the aged, work opportunities are offered to the able-bodied, and means of growing are available to the young.
No one’s rights are to be denied. All receive the same kindness and compassion, even the widows and widowers, orphans and childless, disabled and ailing.
Male is with responsibility, female is with security.
Possession of unneeded is abandoned, instead of kept for one’s own gratification.
Force of excess is eliminated, instead of exerted to one’s own advantage.
Doing so, to plot is repressed, to plunder is not desired.
Hence, the outer border remains open, and there is no need to be fended.
This is what we call a state of Grand Equality.
- translated by Jonathan Chen
Regarding the line “Possession of unneeded is abandoned, instead of kept for one’s own gratification”, I find it is amazingly intriguing with the following quote by Natalie Clifford Barney:
“Why grab possessions like thieves, or divide them like socialists when you can ignore them like wise men?”