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The Master said, "I have not seen a person who loved virtue, or one who hated what was not virtuous. He who loved virtue, would esteem nothing above it. He who hated what is not virtuous, would practice virtue in such a way that he would not allow anything that is not virtuous to approach his person. "Is any one able for one day to apply his strength to virtue? I have not seen the case in which his strength would be insufficient. "Should there possibly be any such case, I have not seen it.


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A good example is found in this famous anecdote:

廄焚。子退朝,曰:“傷人乎?” 不問馬。
When the stables were burnt down on returning from court Confucius said "Was anyone hurt?" He did not ask about the horses. Because of the huge interest in the Confucius family tree there was a project in China to test the DNA of known family members. Kung Te-cheng died in October 2008 and his son Kung Wei-yi the 78th lineal descendant had died in 1989.

Following the victory of Han over Chu after the collapse of Qin Confucius's thoughts received official sanction and were further developed into a system known as Confucianism. He espoused the well-known principle "Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself" an early version of the Golden Rule. The philosophy of Confucius emphasized personal and governmental morality correctness of social relationships justice and sincerity.

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