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« The Political Implications of Translation: An Example from Confucius | Main | Book News: Talks in Beijing, Nanjing, and Shanghai »

September 29, 2013

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I was given the explanation (which I buy) that 忠 means feeling/action for your superiors and 恕 is feeling/action for your inferiors and equals. If this explanation is so, then the "thread" that ties the two together is towards both inferiors and superiors Confucius feels deeply/does his best.

I do find it interesting though there is a very unegalitarian root to the concept, even if the thread ends up making it egalitarian. I think most people at Bard would be disgusted by the non-democratic division of superiors and inferiors.

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