Some passages read were:
“Confucius said: Those rulers whose measures are dictated by mere expediency will arouse continual discontent.” (Analects 4.12 Confucianism) (World Scripture pg. 1043)
“The closest to Allah and most loved by Him in the hereafter is the just governor, and the farthest from Allah and most hated by Him is the aggressive and unjust governor.” (Tuhafit al-Ahuazi 1327 Islam) (World Scripture pg. 1043)
“Who is a man of character? He is a man who can stand in the central position in society. When there is a man of character in the village, he plays the central role in the material and spiritual lives of the village people. For this reason he is an object of respect. A nation likewise centers on a man of character; he is its representative. Society forms as the people make mutual relationships centering on him. Likewise, the world also requires a man of character as the center.” (Rev. Sun Myung Moon 29:125 February 26, 1970) (World Scripture pg. 1044)
“Those who sacrifice positively become central figures. Among the children in a family, the one who sacrifices the most is respected as the filial child. A nation chooses its patriots for its leaders because they sacrifice more than ordinary citizens. Among saints also, the one who sacrifices more than others becomes the saint of saints. This is a heavenly principle.” (Rev. Sun Myung Moon 113:326, May 10, 1981) (World Scripture pg. 1044)
Some participants shared their own views from the passages:
“There are people who say sorry because it’s a habit, and it’s not from the heart.” Is it better to say sorry than to say nothing at all? Or do you prefer that the person doesn’t say sorry if he doesn’t really mean it?
“God doesn’t hate anybody; he loves and cares for everybody. The people who are aggressive and unjust will be punished after their life, unless they repent and change their ways on earth.”
Next week’s reading will be on “The Righteous Leader Keeps Away from Corruption”.