How to help the country

Zizhang searched for Confucius throughout China. The country was going through a time of great social upheaval, and he feared there could be bloodshed.

He found the master sitting beneath a fig tree, meditating.

‘Master, we urgently need your presence in the government,’ said Zizhang. ‘We are on the brink of chaos.’

Confucius continued to meditate.

‘Master, you taught us that we must not stand idly by,’ Zizhang went on. ‘You said that we were responsible for the world.’

‘I am praying for the country,’ replied Confucius.
‘Later, I will go and help the man who lives round the corner. By doing what is within our reach, we benefit everyone.

‘By merely coming up with ideas about how to save the world, we do not even help ourselves.

‘There are a thousand ways of getting involved in politics; there is no need for me to be part of the government.’

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  1. lata sharma says:

    Doing one’s job honestly and with dedication is also a way of serving one’s country.

  2. carola says:

    I can’t stop admiring your work and what you do. Thank your for the inspiration you share.

  3. Zara says:

    Helping one’s country is good thing. And should it be start in oneself. Be a good example citizen to everybody, and surely everyone follows. =)

  4. barbara says:

    There is a great article on 9/11 in Paulo’s book “Like a Flowing River ” I’m not sure if it is in archives in the blog, I haven’t found it here yet.

  5. jackienoriega says:

    no dejemos de pedir a Dios que les de sabidurí¬a a los hombres que estan en el poder representando nuestros anhelos luego hagamos en cambio nosotros mismos apoyando desde el consumo de agua sea adecuado la basura sea bien recolectada no ensuciar los rios no contaminar el agua cuidar nuestros bosques proteger nuestros animales cuidar bien de nuestros hijos apoyar a nuestro padres esta creo que es una manera de empezar a ayudar al paí¬s y por ende al mundo que el cambio se haga en nosotros mismos para representarlo fuera

  6. edmond says:

    Hello All,

    its little strange Paulo since you passed the 9/11 not commented(why?)and i as one of your followers think that its not OK..Connected to this blog,USA as “everybody’s” neighbor needed help on those days, also now, each of us needs help to be protected that such acts of terror not happen again…
    All the best!

    Paulo: I was away, travelling

  7. Instead of all of us complaining about things we can do nothing about, we should try to be better in our own lives and roles . Become better mothers , fathers , friends , neighbours , Our lives are a microcosm of the world . So let’s start at home !

  8. Heart says:

    Change the world; Spread the love wherever it takes you and whoever it lets you meet..

  9. “Someone’s spirit, however, has no name; it is pure truth and inhabits a particular body for a certain period of time, and will, one day, leave it, and God won’t bother asking, “What’s your name?” when the soul arrives at the final judgment. God will only ask: “Did you love while you were alive?” For that is the essence of life: the ability to love, not the name we carry around on our passport, business card, and identity card.”
    – The Winner Stands Alone

    (having a Beatles kind of day ‘All You Need Is Love’)

    Thankyou, Love to All,

  10. Maria says:

    Simples como sí£o as soluí§íµes dos problemas mais complexos. Cada um faz um pouco e tudo muda.

  11. Pilar says:

    Rezando también ayudamos.

  12. Annie says:

    one way to help the country would be to clone Confucius… and populate the country with many Confucius-es (?) ok.. if that is a bit confusing, and since that is not so easily done, we can clone Confucius thoughts! :)

    in the end I wonder if that’s easier…

    is it?? why is it so hard for people to change??

    (i miss Confucius’ clone :) )

    Love and Gratitude

  13. Heimo Kruschinski says:

    German Translation. Viel Spaß!

    Zizhang suchte in ganz China nach Konfuzius. Das Land war in einer Zeit des grossen gesellschaftlichen Umbruchs, und er fürchtete, es könnte blutig werden.

    Er fand den Meister unter einem Feigenbaum sitzend, meditierend.

    “Meister, wir brauchen dringend Ihre Anwesenheit in der Regierung”, sagte Zizhang. “Wir sind am Rande des Chaos.”

    Konfuzius meditierte weiter.

    “Meister, Ihr habt uns gelehrt nicht tatenlos zuzusehen”, fuhr Zizhang fort. “Ihr habt gesagt, dass wir verantwortlich für die Welt sind.

    “Ich bete für unser Land”, antwortete Konfuzius.
    “Später werde ich zu dem Mann gehen der um die Ecke wohnt und ihm helfen. Wenn wir das tun was in unserer Reichweite liegt, profitieren wir alle.

    “Wenn man mit Ideen kommt wie man die Welt retten könnte, dann hilft man sich noch nicht einmal selbst.”

    “Es gibt tausend Möglichkeiten, sich in die Politik einzubringen, es gibt keine Notwendigkeit für mich, ein Teil der Regierung zu sein.”

  14. Nancy says:

    A great story for the heart and mind.
    “There are a thousand ways of getting involved in politics; there is no need for me to be part of the government.” But if governments begin to change I will think about it. :)

  15. Empie says:

    Sigo sin leer lo que escribo, lo que querí­a decir es que a veces se actua por imitación, si los hombres admirados actuan de manera justa, los demás les imitan, y al final se contagia. La gente mala se tiene que esconder y su maldad queda descubierta. Cuando se respira suciedad porque los modelos son sucios, la sociedad puede llegar a envilecerse, los demonios pueden hacer mal a sus anchas, porque lo malo, en este caso, es lo mejor.

    El problema está en que detrás de los medios de comunicación haya gente mala, aunque cada vez, debido al continuo bombardeo y a que, de una manera u otra, aprendes, uno se vuelve inmune. Ellos buscan enfrentamiento, yo les doy vací­o, la gente mala no me interesa.

    Un saludo.

  16. huma arshad says:

    Here in my country Pakistan situation is worst and we are helpless people are good they need peace,love,good change.They want to spend money on education,entertainment,charity but the political situation is so bad that they can not do anything happily .No one in the hirerchay is ready to leave the power .Its really sad i wish they could read all this .

  17. Big Zen says:

    So very true, the first step is always inner transformation.

  18. Jojo says:

    So true … “soyez fidèles dans les petites choses et je vous en confierai de grandes.”
    So pray, get up and act in accordance to your prayer
    Love, Jojo

  19. eleonora says:

    quotidianamente ,non faccio altro che sentire la gente riversare la colpa di tutto cio’ che ci affligge a qualcuno..penso e sono sempre piu’ convinta, che il cambiamento non puo’ avvenire se non avviene dapprima in noi stessi.Anche io ,tendenzialmente preferisco o preferirei dire non è mia responsabilita’,ma corrisponde a nascondersi dietro una non verita’.Basterebbe che ognuno di noi, si ponesse la domanda se è giusto far male quando non lo si vuole ricevere.. Mal sopporto, chi non accetta questa affermazione ,perche’ vicina ad una espressione usata nella religione..La vita di suo ,si apetta etica in tutto.

  20. Heimo Kruschinski says:

    A very nice story. I think he is absolutely right. We are all politicians. Each in his way. And you can move a lot. One must certainly not endure anything that the government decides. This is the right of the citizen. An interesting idea would be the following: What happens if all think like Confucius? Especially all the wise men.

    I wish you all a wonderful day

  21. Alexandra says:

    True…but maybe is a man as Confucius would have taken the place at the leaders position, he would have helped more people. But if he felt it was not his place there, maybe was the right decision. I think at many of us blaming the leaders, more nowadays, for the bad decisions they take, but why we are not there in their place? Maybe some would had chance to get there, and to change something. I also agree that an urgent help is same importance, as helping a person in need next to you. Both important. Some feel the need to help others, some feel only indiference…depending on the personality. Lately I had to discover that people close to me ( some) did not change. Dishonest and selfish. Maybe was the right thing because I avoid them in future, too many offences. Thats it, you might think, what the connection? It is that I helped a lot some people, but received mean deeds in return, not once, nut many times, till today. And if I ask help…Of course nobody hearing. They busy getting more …I repeat some, not everybody.
    So, more I appreciate those who really care and act in an honest manner.

  22. Shine says:

    Wonderful! But we also need good politicians….This story however encourages us to do our bit…I bought Aleph! I will read and tell you….Love Avantika

  23. Empie says:

    A veces se cambia simplemente por imitación. Cuando haces bien de una manera natural sin buscar un beneficio, sea por prestigio, o por algún otro tipo de interes, simplente porque ser un heroe es más gratificante para una persona normal que ser un villano,(nuestra condición no es la maldad, esa es la condición de los demonios, de la que además sacan beneficio, y cuando llegan arriba, es dificil controlarlos). Por supuesto si te ven muchos y eres alguien admirado, la influencia del bien será mayor, y un dí­a los que juzgan serán juzgados.

    A veces la gente discute por ideas, ideales, buscando soluciones ajenas a la naturaleza humana, y lo único que consigue es enfrentar a las personas, velemos.

  24. barbara says:

    What a wise story! We don’t need to look very far to change the world. The person in need might be standing right next to us.
    Thank you
    with love

  25. Kealan says:

    This reminds me about how the Dalai Lama gave up his political power a few months ago.

  26. THELMA says:

    In chaos theory, the butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions; where a small change at one place in a nonlinear system can result in large differences to a later state. The effect derives its name from the theoretical example of a hurricane’s formation being contingent on whether or not a distant butterfly had flapped its wings several weeks before.

    Although the butterfly effect may appear to be an esoteric and unusual behavior, it is exhibited by very simple systems: for example, a ball placed at the crest of a hill might roll into any of several valleys depending on slight differences in initial position.

    The term “butterfly effect” itself is related to the meteorological work of Edward Lorenz, who popularized the term.

    The butterfly effect is a common trope in fiction when presenting scenarios involving time travel and with “what if” cases where one storyline diverges at the moment of a seemingly minor event resulting in two significantly different outcomes.

    THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT! By changing our THOUGHTS we change the World! We have first to change our Will and our way of thinking, then we .. change our Cosmos/Microcosmos. Thus we change the … MACROCOSMOS! ‘As above so below’.
    Thelma xxx

  27. cdc says:

    I have done a lot of voluntary work all through my life.You get a lot of satisfaction out of it.

  28. Josephine (Swe) says:

    haha – I always write too quickly! ;-)
    (see first comment, first post) – maybe?…
    I’m still convinced that the choices we make
    in our daily lives – which products to buy,
    which ways to travel (train or car)- do have
    an impact. Aswell which books to read! ;-)

  29. Juneli says:

    The moral of the story, I understood is “If there a wish, there is a way.” And this story is inspirational for all of us, as we say, if I were this and that….. We still can do any kind of help and serve without sitting on a chair.

    An inspiring story indeed.

  30. donna says:

    today, think do and say one heartfelt thing.tomorrow,water and fed it, watch it grow.aaaah!impossible to purchase……possible to own.

  31. Dinsan says:

    to add to this ..

    another wrong view is.. we keep blaming others.. those who are on power now.. those who are active n doing something.. but we never do a single thing as our own

  32. Werton Costa says:

    Estou trabalhando em um romance que alia as mais recentes descobertas da fí­sica com o questionamento da espiritualidade humana. Fico feliz de ter algumas importantes obras de Paulo coelho em minha instante. Sua produí§í£o literária e sucesso me inspiram a trabalhar duro na consecuí§í£o de meu romance. abraí§os. Werton

  33. Karen says:

    “The journey of 1,000 miles starts with a single step”

    Each taking their *own* little but meaningful leap… the journey of the *1000 miles* would be fulfilled.

  34. dots.. says:

    Very inspirational at such a time of fluctuating political standards worldwide.

    But i believe that although ideas are a critical point; yet implementing them is the focal point given the boundaries you are in. Creativity in ideas may lead to better implementation.

    And that is a humble “dotted” thought.