Thick and thin

子曰:「不仁者,不可以久處約,不可以長處樂。仁者安仁,知者利仁。」
Confucius said: “People who aren’t imbued with goodness cannot endure adversity or enjoy happiness for long. People who are imbued with goodness find contentment in it; people who think they are clever only pursue goodness if they believe they will profit from it.”

Goodness is much more than being kind to other people. It is a state of being that you have internalized so thoroughly that you effortlessly stick to it through thick and thin without having to even think about it.

Goodness is not something you signal to others. You leave that to the “clever people” who believe that by showing off how much they care they will impress their friends, colleagues, business associates, and followers of their social media feeds.

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