Analects Book 2: on trustworthiness

Trust

While trustworthiness (信/xìn) is mentioned only once in Book 2 of the Analects, it does at least merit one of Confucius’s most famous metaphors in which he likens it to the yoke-bar of a wagon and the collar-bar of a chariot.

Without this lynchpin in place, how would it be possible for a relationship to function? Once trust is broken, it is very difficult to rebuild.

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