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The Chinese Classic of Family ReverenceA Philosophical Translation of the Xiaojing$
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Henry Jr. Rosemont and Roger T. Ames

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832841

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832841.001.0001

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Serving One’s Lord 《事君章》‎

Serving One’s Lord 《事君章》‎

Chapter 17. Serving One’s Lord 《事君章》‎
The Chinese Classic of Family Reverence

Henry Rosemont

Roger T. Ames

University of Hawai'i Press

In this chapter, Confucius and Master Zeng are having a conversation about serving one’s lord. According to Confucius, “Exemplary persons (junzi) when serving those above at court reflect on how they can give their utmost loyalty (zhong) to them, and on retiring reflect on how to resolve the excesses of their superiors. They show full compliance (shun) in carrying out what is commendable in the instructions of those above and take steps to remedy what cannot be condoned. It is in this way that those above and below are able to appreciate each other.” Confucius ends by citing a passage in the Book of Songs which says, “In my heart there is love for him—where is too distant that I cannot declare it to be so? In my heart I treasure him—when could it be that I could ever forget him?”

Keywords:   junzi, Confucius, Master Zeng, serving, exemplary persons, loyalty, compliance, Book of Songs, love, superiors

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