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Confucianism -> Mengzi -> Gaozi II -> 23.4

Mencius answered,
'How stupid was that old Gao in dealing with the ode!
There is a man here,
and a native of Yue bends his bow to shoot him.
I will advise him not to do so, but speaking calmly and smilingly;
for no other reason but that he is not related to me.
But if my own brother be bending his bow to shoot the man,
then I will advise him not to do so, weeping and crying the while;
for no other reason than that he is related to me.
The dissatisfaction expressed in the Xiao Pan
is the working of relative affection,
and that affection shows benevolence.
Stupid indeed was old Gao's criticism on the ode.


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