The Master said, “Do not discuss matters of government policy that do not fall within the scope of your official duties.”
Master Zeng added, “The gentleman’s thoughts do not go beyond his office”Confucius, & Slingerland, E. (2003). Analects: With selections from traditional commentaries. Hackett Publishing.
The Master said, If one does not hold the position, one does not dictate the policies that go with it.
Master Zeng said, The gentleman’s thoughts do not extend beyond the position that he holds.Confucius, & Watson, B. (2007). The Analects of Confucius. Columbia University Press.