The Master discusses with his disciples and unveil his preoccupations with society. Tr. Legge (en), Lau (en) and Couvreur (fr).
Natural duty and uprightness in collision.
1. The Duke of Sheh informed Confucius, saying, "Among us here there are those who may be styled upright in their conduct. If their father have stolen a sheep, they will bear witness to the fact."
2. Confucius said, "Among us, in our part of the country, those who are upright are different from this. The father conceals the misconduct of the son, and the son conceals the misconduct of the father. Uprightness is to be found in this."
The Governor of She said to Confucius, 'In our village we have an example of a straight person. When the father stole a sheep, the son gave evidence against him.' Confucius answered, 'In our village those who are straight are quite different. Fathers cover up for their sons, and sons cover up for their fathers. in such behaviour is straightness to be found as a matter of course.'
Le prince de Che dit à Confucius : « Dans mon pays il y a un exemple de droiture : le père ayant volé une brebis, son fils rendit témoignage contre lui. » Confucius répondit : « Dans mon pays, les hommes droits agissent autrement. Le père protège son fils, et le fils son père. Telle est la droiture dans mon pays. »
The Analects of Confucius – Lun Yu XIII. 18. (335) – Chinese off/on – Français/English
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