Confucius accuses

Confucius said: “Zang Wenzhong stole his position! He knew that Liuxia Hui had great ability but wouldn’t share the position with him.”

Zang Wenzhong (also known as Zang Sunchen) and Liuxia Hui were both members of great patrician families in Confucius’s home state of Lu – though clearly Zang had greater political influence than Liuxia and became a high-level minister.

Confucius clearly had no time for Zang, criticizing him in Book 5, Chapter XVIII for having the temerity to house a pet tortoise in an elaborate pavilion. You can read more about that here.

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