A jarring statement

子曰:「惟仁者,能好人,能惡人。」
Confucius said: “Only a truly good person can admire people and detest people.”

This is quite a jarring statement to the modern ear. To Confucius, goodness doesn’t equate to tolerance. It means being able to dispassionately discern the good and the bad in people. But, and it’s a big but, only for the right reasons without letting any emotional reactions cloud your judgment.

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