A good prince


Confucius said: “Ran Yong could be given a seat facing south.”

Confucius seems to have had a soft spot for Ran Yong (though on nothing like the like the scale of the affection he had for his protégé Yan Hui). He didn’t even raise any objections when Ran went to work for the warlord Ji Kangzi (季康子), even though he went ballistic when his fellow clansman Ran Qiu did the same thing. Perhaps Confucius was simply rooting for the little guy, because Ran Yong was from very humble stock unlike most of the other disciples.

The south was traditionally the direction that a ruler sat in, indicating that Confucius regarded him worthy to assume a high-level position or perhaps even become a feudal lord.

High praise indeed!

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