Community Development Based on the Middle Way of Confucius

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Warakorn Poonsawat
Sorawit Wongsaard
Thongchai Srimueang
Pornsaran Kanthong
Piyanart Imdee


The objective of this article was to study the concepts of community development based on the middle way of Confucius. The results of the document study showed that the idea of ​​community development is based on the belief in equal human dignity. Every human being has value and has the potential to develop communities in order to have a good quality of life and happiness by striving for the development of the community in order to become involved, forming a group, learning together and being conscious of the general. Encourage people to take a role and participate in problem solving and activities for community development together. As for the middle way, Confucius believed that human potential is pure and neutral. It has characteristics that are the relationship between the natures of the mind because humans have to purify their minds of living as a practice to reach the middle way. Therefore, they must adhere to all 3 virtues which are intellectual (Chu), love or good intentions (Lhern), and energy or strength (Jong). It can be seen that all 3 virtues and the concept of the middle way of Confucius in accordance with the concept and principles of community development in the middle way will not hold on to one side, for example, do not develop on one side of material object and abandon spiritual development and environmental. Community development must create a balance between mental development along with economic and environmental development. The development of human behavior focuses on the development of human potential for wisdom, knowledge, love, unity, sacrifice and a strong commitment to ideology. Self-development, communities and society can coexist in harmony with nature.


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