Viral virtue

Once you have the right values firmly in place, you have the potential to positively influence other people by giving them an example to follow.

Once others start to emulate your virtue, your influence will go viral: spreading from person to person, family to family, community to community, and country to country until it proliferates throughout the whole world.

「善建者不拔,善抱者不脫,子孫以祭祀不輟。修之於身,其德乃真;修之於家,其德乃餘;修之於鄉,其德乃長;修之於邦,其德乃豐;修之於天下,其德乃普。故以身觀身,以家觀家,以國觀國,以天下觀天下,吾何以知天下之然哉,以此!」
What is firmly established cannot be uprooted.
What is firmly held cannot slip loose.
In this way, the ancestral sacrifice is carried on,
From generation to generation.
When cultivated and practiced in the person,
Virtue becomes real.
When cultivated and practiced in the family,
Virtue becomes abundant.
When cultivated and practiced in the community,
Virtue is everlasting.
When cultivated and practiced nationwide,
Virtue flourishes.
When cultivated and practiced worldwide,
Virtue becomes universal.
Therefore see the person as a person,
The family as a family,
The community as a community,
The nation as a nation,
And the world as universal.
How do I know that the world is like this?
By means of this.

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