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Mandate of Heaven
The Mandate of Heaven is the right to rule claimed to have been granted to ancient Chinese rulers by the gods. The Mandate of Heaven postulates that heaven (å¤©; Tian) would bless the authority of a just ruler, as defined by the Five Confucian Relationships, but would be displeased with a despotic ruler and would withdraw its mandate, leading to the overthrow of that ruler. The Mandate of Heaven would then transfer to those who would rule best. The mere fact of a leader having been overthrown is itself indication that he has lost the Mandate of Heaven.
The Mandate of Heaven does not require that a legitimate ruler be of noble birth, and dynasties were often founded by people of mean birth (such as the Han dynasty and Ming dynasty). The concept of the Mandate of Heaven was first used to support the rule of the kings of the Zhou Dynasty, and their overthrow of the earlier Shang dynasty. It was used throughout the history of China to support the rule of the Emperors of China, including ‘foreign’ dynasties such as the Qing Dynasty.
The Mandate of Heaven is a well-accepted and popular idea among the people of China, since it argues for the removal of incompetent or despotic rulers, and provided an incentive for rulers to rule well and justly. The concept is often invoked by philosophers and scholars in ancient China as a way to curtail the abuse of power by the ruler, in a system that otherwise offered no other check to this power. The Mandate of Heaven had no time limitations, instead depending on the just and able performance of the ruler. In the past, times of poverty and natural disasters were taken as signs that heaven considered the incumbent ruler unjust and thus in need of replacement.
Source (Read More): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandate_of_Heaven
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Moral of the story
Since its Friday and a grey one here in Southern California, I felt inspired to get a bit philosophical and invest some time into studying the art/science of mandates and leader/ruler-ship since it is such a hotly debated term and concept in American society as of current press time.
While searching form some images to display with this post, an image appeared as you see above from the clothing brand Mandate Of Heaven, which can be reviewed by clicking the underlined link.
From that point, I concluded that it would actually be more towards what I would do as a leader/ruler which is to let what you see in the imagery do the talking, while I simply arrange things and observe their ideas regarding what a Mandate Of Heaven actually looks, feels, and sounds like which I actually agree with, which then creates a
Yin/Yang effect, another popular Chinese philosophical concept that is bound to correlate with the Mandate Of Heaven concept, as any system requires harmonious balance in order for it to properly function and serve/fulfill its purpose.
Good now on with the show.
A perfectly balanced perspective to consider.