Cultivation of Virtue Starts with Eliminating Greed
According to ancient Chinese sages, greed is the source of all misfortune and there is nothing more dangerous. This lecture provides lessons about situations where greedy people caused great harm to themselves and others.
The Great Learning explains that to eliminate greed we need to begin by cultivating great virtue in ourselves first, then in our families, our communities, in our nation and then it will occur in the world. So, cultivating virtue in ourselves is how we begin to create a harmonious world.
Professor Liu has found some interesting information from the ancient sages recorded in TGPOAC. The stories about greed were intended to guide leaders and emperors from the past but they are still relevant today.
Anyone who works in a position of power should take note of this lecture and ensure that they are not influenced, coerced or bribed into actions based on greed rather than virtue.