The Master said, “Clad only in a shabby quilted gown, and yet unashamed to stand side-by-side with someone dressed in expensive furs—does this not describe Zilu?
‘Not envious, not covetous,
How could he not be good?’ ”
Zilu took to reciting this stanza constantly. The Master thereupon remarked, “The Way summed up in these lines is hardly worth treasuring so.”Confucius, & Slingerland, E. (2003). Analects: With selections from traditional commentaries. Hackett Publishing.
The Master said, Wearing a shoddy floss-wadded jacket, standing beside someone clad in fox and badger furs, and feeling no shame—that would be You (Zilu)!
Doing no harm, seeking nothing—
why am I not seen as good?
Zilu was forever reciting these lines. The Master said, That approach—why would anyone rate it as good?Confucius, & Watson, B. (2007). The Analects of Confucius. Columbia University Press.