Is goodness really so far away?

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子曰:「仁遠乎哉?我欲仁,斯仁至矣。」
Confucius said: “Is goodness really so far away? No sooner do I desire goodness than it is at hand.”

Goodness is in everyone. It’s simply a question of whether you are committed to cultivating it or not. This is a lifelong process that requires unrelenting dedication and self-discipline if you are to achieve it.

Confucius had this level of commitment, but is voicing his frustration that so few other people shared it.

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