Confucius said: “No one understands me!” Zigong said: “How is it that no one understands you?” Confucius said: “I neither complain about Heaven nor do I blame men. Here below I am learning so that I can reach enlightenment up above. If there is anyone who understands me, it must be Heaven.”
Although Confucius is generally seen as a wise all-knowing sage, he was human like the rest of us and suffered the same doubts, fears, and in this case even self-pity.
Having failed to achieve his earthly goal of becoming a high official, he can only hope that Heaven will reward him. Some people may see pathos in his lament; others, including myself, may just see bathos instead.