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Confucianism -> Yangzi Fayan -> Five Hundred Years -> 6

:“孔子诸侯?”Someone asked: In Confucius's time, did the feudal lords know he was a sage?
:“。”Yangzi said: They knew it.
The other asked: If they knew it, then why did they not employ him?
:“。”Yangzi said: They were not able to.
The other said:
They knew he was a sage, yet were unable to employ him.
?” May I hear the explanation for this?
Yangzi said:
If they had employed him, it would have been appropriate to follow him.
If they had followed him, then they would have had to abandon what they already practiced,
go against what they were accustomed to following,
improve what they degraded,
and give up what they were skilled in.
It would be like rushing headlong into the unknown.
天下 Apart from the greatest ruler under Heaven,
!” who could have employed him?


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