The Great Learning is one of the Four Books in Confucianism. It is very short but talks about the basic principles to achieve universal peace. Our inner virtue could solve all worldly problems that we faced today. We have translated the original text in full:
The Tao of Great Learning,
Consists in manifesting one’s bright virtue,
Consists in renewing the people,
Consists in resting in the highest goodness.
The point wherein to rest being known,
then you can be stable.
When you are stable, you can be quiet.
When you are quiet, you can be at ease.
When you are at ease, you can deliberate.
When you can deliberate, you can attain your aims.
Things have their roots and branches,
Human affairs have their beginnings and endings,
To understand what is first and last,
Then you are near the Tao.
The ancients who wished to manifest the bright virtue of all under heaven, would first govern well their own states.
Wishing to govern well their own states, they would first regulate their own families.
Wishing to regulate their families, they would first cultivate themselves.
Wishing to cultivate themselves, they would first correct their minds.
Wishing to correct their minds, they would first be sincere in their thoughts.
Wishing to be sincere in their thoughts, they would first perfect their knowledge.
Perfection of knowledge consists in grasping the principle of all things.
Principle of things being grasped, knowledge became complete.
Their knowledge being complete, their thoughts were sincere.
Their thoughts being sincere, their minds were then corrected.
Their minds being corrected, they themselves were cultivated.
They themselves being cultivated, their families were regulated.
Their families being regulated, their states were rightly governed.
Their states being rightly governed, all under heaven were made peaceful.
From the Son of Heaven down to the common people.
All must consider cultivation of the self as the root of everything.
There is never a case when the root is disordered and yet the branches are in order.
It has never been the case that what was of great importance has been slightly cared for, and what was of slight importance has been greatly cared for.