Ran Qiu was wondering out loud, “Does the Master support the Duke of Wei?”
Zigong replied, “Well, I will go ask him.”
He went in to see the Master, and said, “What sort of people were Bo Yi and Shu Qi?”
The Master replied, “They were ancient worthies.”
“Did they harbor any regrets?”
“They pursued Goodness and attained Goodness, what regrets could they possible have?”
Zigong emerged and reported to the other disciples, “The Master does not support him.”Confucius, & Slingerland, E. (2003). Analects: With selections from traditional commentaries. Hackett Publishing.
Ran You said, Will our Master side with the ruler of Wei? Zigong said, Very well, I’ll go and ask him.
Entering the Master’s room, Zigong said, What sort of men were Bo Yi and Shu Qi?
The Master said, Worthy men of antiquity.
Did they harbor rancor?
They sought to behave humanely, and they succeeded in doing so. Why would they harbor rancor?
When Zigong emerged from the room, he said, Our Master will not side with the ruler of Wei.Confucius, & Watson, B. (2007). The Analects of Confucius. Columbia University Press.