Leading by Virtue

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Sem. Gerald Paul Grijaldo July 9, 2012
Oriental Philosophy 1Mr. Ramon Rafael Dolor

“Leading by Virtues”

“A ruler who governs his state by virtue is like the north polar star, which remains in its place while all the other stars revolve around it.”

- Confucius, The Analects 2:1

The Confucius saying that is quoted above is very meaningful and it is very helpful to every government leaders especially in our country. Confucius was referring to the leaders during his times because of corruption they were unable to lead every person to the right path. Now, Corruption occurs all over the globe and in all historical eras. In the Philippines, this problem is not something unusual because it is one of the reasons that led the country to suffer from poverty. As long as people in the administration continue to cheat in the Philippine society, it will be difficult to eliminate corruption in the government because they are not affected by the feeling of shame among the Filipino people. How many of our government officials in our country make promises and not fulfilling it? Or rather doing the other way around? Our country is also great in terms of corruption because most of the government officials are corrupting the money of the people. Instead they should use these to improved infrastructures in our country such as government offices, hospitals and other structures that would help the society. Upon reflecting on it, I see that our country is in great need of a model person that is virtuous. For me if you are a virtuous, people will be attracted to you especially if you are a leader of the government, and you provides the needs and the help and information to the people, the people will learn to love the way your ruling and begin to follow your ways. The polar star is the one leading every sea traveler to a right path. A leader should be like this a model of the society and of the community. He must also learn to look the...
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