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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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The Hereditary Lords 《諸侯章》‎

The Hereditary Lords 《諸侯章》‎

Chapter 3 The Hereditary Lords 《諸侯章》‎
(p.iii) The Chinese Classic of Family Reverence

Henry Rosemont

Roger T. Ames

University of Hawai'i Press

In this chapter, Confucius and Master Zeng are talking about the family reverence of the hereditary lords. According to Confucius, hereditary lords who are not arrogant are not in jeopardy of being toppled. “When they are frugal and impeccable in their conduct, though sufficient in their resources they are not extravagant. To be lofty in status without jeopardy is the way to preserve nobility; to be sufficient in their resources without extravagance is the way to preserve their wealth. With nobility and wealth secure in their persons, they are able to protect the altars to their lands and crops and bring harmony (he) to their people. Such, then, is the family reverence of the hereditary lords.” Confucius cites a passage in the Book of Songs which says, “Ever so cautious, as though peering over a deep precipice or treading upon thin ice.”

Keywords:   family reverence, hereditary lords, Confucius, Master Zeng, nobility, extravagance, wealth, harmony, Book of Songs

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