“If you know that a thing is unrighteous, then use all despatch in putting an end to it — why wait until next year?” (Mencius, Bk. III.VIII)
The Minervan-principle is about fighting for what’s right, moved by a moral disposition to do good, understand, and relieve humanity and other life each day a little more of its suffering. Benevolence is the essence of the human being, and with the cultivation of virtue and intuition comes intelligence and compassion; and improvement in humanness, and in man — our cognition. In there, hides the center of things — MOTION (SPIRIT). This quote of Mengzi 孟子 (372–289 BCE) really applies to politicians.
Zisi speaks on being accountable for our actions…causing suffering under heavens watch.
“Some men who have not complied with virtue will yet not acknowledge their offences, and when Heaven has by evident tokens charged them to correct their conduct, they still say, “What are these things to us?” (Zisi, Zhongyong, 4.9) (see Zisi: Virtue and Accountable Actions | Doctrine of the Mean)
Painter, Godfried Maes: Illustrations to the Metamorphoses of Ovid, Athamas tearing apart his Children.