Wealth and Honor

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Wealth and honor are what every man desires. But if they have been obtained in  violation of moral principles, they must not be kept. Poverty and humble station  are what every man dislikes. But if they can be avoided only in violation of  moral principles, they must not be avoided. If a superior man departs from  humanity, how can he fulfill that name? A superior man never abandons humanity  even for the lapse of a single meal. In moments of haste, he acts according to  it. In times of difficulty or confusion, he acts according to it” (from “the Analects of Confucius” in An Anthology of Living Religions,  p.144).

  • With basic Confucian principles in mind (such as the concepts of virtue,  ren, reciprocity, and so forth), imagine Confucius’ Superior Person as a  modern-day super hero. 
    • Describe what sort of super powers this person would have and how he or she  would combat evil.
    • Provide a “real-life” example of someone who you believe meets Confucius’ characteristics for a Superior Person, and explain why.
    • 1-paragraph total

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