Monday, January 3, 2011

Korea's Anarcho-Confucian Catholic Cardinal

Noting that "Jesus Christ came to us for peace and eternal life" and offered "[a]n idyllic vision of harmony is a world in which predator and prey live together in peace," Nicholas Cardinal Cheong Jin-Suk, Archbishop of Seoul, "pray[s] for peaceful coexistence among the strong and weak" — Cardinal Cheong prays for 'sweet home' in New Year. "An ideal community in this sense would be one that could function without laws, where people would not harm others," said His Eminence.

"I know this may sound too idealistic, but it can begin in the family, which is the microcosm of society," he continued. "The happiness of a family is crucial, and is based on mutual understanding and cooperation between siblings, husband and wife, parent and child. Happy families will make peaceful communities."

His Eminence's words echoed those of Confucius, from the Doctrine of the Mean: "To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order; we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right."

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