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Keep it in the family

葉公語孔子曰:「吾黨有直躬者,其父攘羊而子證之。」孔子曰:「吾黨之直者異於是,父為子隱,子為父隱,直在其中矣。」
The Duke of She declared to Confucius: “Among my people, there is a man of unwavering integrity. When his father stole a sheep, he informed on him.” Confucius said: “Among my people, people of integrity are different. Fathers watch the backs of their sons and sons watch the backs of their fathers. Integrity can be found in this.

Nobody likes a grass: but that doesn’t make Confucius’s blustering attempt to place loyalty to the family as a higher virtue than honesty any more palatable. What about the poor guy who had his sheep stolen? Surely he is entitled to some form of justice. Continue reading Keep it in the family