Some people said of Confucius, “Why is it that he is not participating in government?”
[Upon being informed of this,] the Master remarked, “The Book of Documents says,
‘Filial, oh so filial,
Friendly to one’s elders and juniors;
[In this way] exerting an influence upon those who govern.’
Thus in being a filial son and good brother one is already taking part in government. What need is there, then, to speak of ‘participating in government’?”Confucius, & Slingerland, E. (2003). Analects: With selections from traditional commentaries. Hackett Publishing.
Someone questioned Confucius, saying, Why aren’t you in government?
The Master said, The Book of Documents says: Filial, only be filial, a friend to elder and younger brothers – this contributes to government. To do this is in fact to take part in government. Why must I be “in government”?Confucius, & Watson, B. (2007). The Analects of Confucius. Columbia University Press.