Confucianism - Governance

Governance

To govern by virtue, let us compare it to the North Star: it stays in its place, while the myriad stars wait upon it. (Analects II, 1)

Another key Confucian concept is that in order to govern others one must first govern oneself. When developed sufficiently, the king's personal virtue spreads beneficent influence throughout the kingdom. This idea is developed further in the Great Learning, and is tightly linked with the Taoist concept of wu wei (simplified Chinese: 无为; traditional Chinese: 無為; pinyin: wú wéi): the less the king does, the more gets done. By being the "calm center" around which the kingdom turns, the king allows everything to function smoothly and avoids having to tamper with the individual parts of the whole.

This idea may be traced back to early Chinese shamanistic beliefs, such as the king being the axle between the sky, human beings, and the Earth. Another complementary view is that this idea may have been used by ministers and counselors to deter aristocratic whims that would otherwise be to the detriment of the state's people.

Read more about this topic:  Confucianism

Other articles related to "governance":

Institute Of Ismaili Studies - History and Conceptualization - Governance
... The current Co-Director (with Professor Karim H ... Karim) and Head of the Department of Academic Research and Publications is Dr ...
International Risk Governance Council - Focus and Work Programme - Special Reports
... IRGC is widely recognised for its strong scientific contributions to the field of risk governance through its publications and research workshops ... We routinely publish special reports on topical risk governance issues, including Improving the Management of Emerging Risks Risks from new technologies, system interactions and unforeseen ...
Gainsborough, Lincolnshire - History - Governance
... Gainsborough Town Council was established in 1992, and in the same year Gainsborough's first Mayor was appointed ... Edward Leigh has been Gainsborough's MP since 1983. ...
Hyderabad, Sindh - Government - Electronic Governance
... of the city does not yet support fully functional e-governance and has no website but the District Government of Hyderabad liberally uses the television as a mode of communication with the people of the city ... As of 2008, the district Hyderabad enabled its e-governance platform to support people via the Internet and other new media platforms ...
Withington - Governance
... Manchester Withington is a Parliamentary Constituency which encompasses Withington village, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Burnage and Didsbury (East and West) ... Manchester Withington became the first constituency in the City of Manchester since 1929 to elect a Liberal (Democrat) MP upon John Leech's gain in the 2005 General Election, when the constituency also experienced the largest swing of that election, taking the previously 11,524 majority Labour safe seat by 667 votes – a swing of 17% ...

Famous quotes containing the word governance:

    He yaf me al the bridel in myn hand,
    To han the governance of hous and land,
    And of his tonge and his hand also;
    Geoffrey Chaucer (1340?–1400)