A cowardly hypocrite

子曰:「色厲而內荏,譬諸小人,其猶穿窬之盜也與。」
Confucius said, “A coward who acts tough to conceal his inner weakness cannot even be compared to the common people but to a burglar climbing over a wall to break in.”

Confucius had no time for hypocritical members of the ruling class who hid behind a blustering façade to hide their cowardice. Unlike the common people, who sometimes had no choice but to steal because of their poverty, they should have known better and had no excuses for not pursuing the right moral path.

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