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by Venerable Master Hsing Yun (1927 - , Fo Guang Shan)
English translation: Man Ho

First-rate parents
love their children and train them in the way of sages.

Second-rate parents
provide for their children’s needs
and help them establish families and businesses.

Third-rate parents
pamper their children and leave them to idle away.

Fourth-rate parents
do not train their children, but rather often mistreat them.

First-rate children
show filial piety and address their parents
morning and evening.

Second-rate children
work hard to fulfill their parents’ needs.

children are lazy and make friends with bad people.

Fourth-rate children
do bad things and disobey their parents.

First-rate managers
care for their workers and respect their skills.

Second-rate managers
trust their workers to do their jobs.

Third-rate managers
are arrogant bureaucrats.

Fourth-rate managers
are jealous, suspicious, and inconsiderate.

First-rate employees
respect their jobs and co-workers,
and are loyal and diligent in performance.

Second-rate employees
work hard and responsibly, and are moral in their conduct.

Third-rate employees
are lazy and waste time.

Fourth-rate employees
incite conflicts for their own gain but others’ harm.

── from The Everlasting Light