Thursday, April 30, 2015

Benevolence (仁) Without Righteousness/Rectitude (義)

Two students came to my office today and asked, in perfect unison:"Sensei, what are we to make of the philanthropy/charity done by the ruling classes?" I answered:"This is not to be commended; for they make war on the multitudes (economically and militarily) with one hand while offering tokens of charity with the other;as Confucius said, benevolence (仁) without righteousness/rectitude (義) is like a stream without water."

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