Wednesday, November 16, 2011

No hope for TBA, then

The Master said, "One who has reached the age of forty and is still disliked will be so to the end."
--Analects, book 17 (Waley tr.).

-- Earlier in the same book, it's said that anyone can change except the very wisest and the very stupidest people. So whether one is disliked is not just a function of one's virtues. We also can gather whether Confucius thought that public opinion was smarter than "the stupidest."

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