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Analects of Confucius: passages on goodness

Goodness (仁/rén), also translated as “humanity”, “virtue”, “benevolence”, “kind-heartedness”, and “humaneness”, is the supreme Confucian virtue. Numerous references to it can be found in the Analects.

Here are all the passages in the text in which goodness is discussed, plus links to related articles. 

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Leadership lessons from Confucius: when the stables caught fire

when the stables caught fire

廄焚,子退朝,曰:「傷人乎?」不問馬。
When the stables caught fire, Confucius returned from court and asked: “Was anyone hurt?” He didn’t ask about the horses. (1) (2)

How do you decide what’s truly important to you? Your family? Your friends? Your job? The beautiful house you were finally able to purchase after years of hard work and scrimping and saving? Or perhaps even your pets? Continue reading Leadership lessons from Confucius: when the stables caught fire

Leadership lessons from Confucius: filled with goodness

filled with goodness

子曰:「里仁為美。擇不處仁,焉得知?」
Confucius said: “It’s beautiful to live in a neighborhood that’s filled with goodness. How can someone be wise if they choose to live in a place that lacks goodness?” 

Think carefully before choosing which organization to work for. Although reputation, salary package, and future prospects are important, the key factor in your decision should be its culture. Continue reading Leadership lessons from Confucius: filled with goodness