The cost of outspokenness

子路問「事君」。子曰:「勿欺也,而犯之。」
Zilu asked how to serve a ruler. Confucius said: “Don’t deceive him; be willing to oppose him.”

Confucius took the belief that the role of a loyal minister was to speak out to when he believed his ruler was going down the wrong path much more seriously than his contemporaries.

There’s no doubt that his own outspokenness cost him the chance of ever securing a high-level government position.

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