Principles: Worth Fighting For

Yi (righteousness)

Among the moral concepts enumerated throughout the reading are compelling discussions on each of the significant aspects of Confucianism lectures that are essential to mankind. Ideas lead to a variety of thoughts that eventually turn into good judgment. Yi is one notion unto which Kong Zi has taught the core foundation of righteousness.

Putting the technical terms aside, comes the sense of attaining what it means to be obliged to attend to duties that a person is imposed upon- and it must be beyond his/her knowledge that he/ she cannot escape the fact that he/ she is adhered to a certain extent of responsibility.  A noble person has a consciousness of one’s moral imperative. It means that when a man or a woman becomes self-conscious is also the time that he/she becomes aware that there are tasks on queue waiting to be fulfilled. It doesn’t matter to him/her whether or not he/she succeeds. The will that is truly determined for accomplishment of whatever it is that is deemed to be right- is what is important.

“Rectification of Names” is also focused on. It simply states that in order for the words to be appropriate, the names must first be proper. The principle of an ideal government is measured through setting up an objective standard to a specificity of name from which societal assumptions are attached. It is believed that harmony can be achieved if the people are willing to cooperate in aiming for what is right because nobody is devoid of purpose in life. Thus, it is advantageous for everyone if the people in a society decide for what is right for it is through righteousness that a person is considered moral: to renounce rights and receive benefits as well.

Extracting the conceptual perspective of Yi from a worthwhile movie entitled Confucius offers a wide array of possibilities through substantive reflections. Perhaps there are myriad instances that Ren, Li, Zhi, and Xin are being shown, one topic is to be chosen for this paper. Three examples are to be cited to support the idea of righteousness/ rectitude, duty/ obligation.

First example is when Kong Zi and his disciples are about to go to the palace to raze the power of the three Noble Families through a petition of demolishing the city walls. The disciples have been telling to Kong Zi to reconsider their plans for it is dangerous to rebel against the authority. He’s been working so hard yet he is not threatened that their actions may fail. Instead, he gains the strength from Lu and its betterment. Despite the worries of the people around him, he’s not ceased to keep going and fight for what he knows will be right in general. What they will be doing is not only for short term goals but a leap that can improve lifetime changes. He reminds them to “Put your country ahead yourselves. Yes, as an officer the burden is heavy. The road is long, so maintain your strength of spirit.”

Second example is when Kong Zi as an acting interior minister approaches what he calls this ‘majesty’. They’ve already won two cities and they can’t just abandon the last one. The majesty replies with fear that they will get encircled by Li Chu’s 30,000 Qi troops invasion once they form alliance with Cheng Yi- knowing that the majesty’s father had experienced the same fate of being defeated. However, Kong Zi insists on the proclaimed policy that three cities shall be razed. He said, “Those with high principle would rather die to protect their belief. It is wrong to be for one’s life but to compromise on the principles.” The majesty answers him by saying that sometimes he must play a little stupid, recalling what the teacher, Lao Zi, once said: “Accomplish all task by not barged on anything.” Then Kong Zi suddenly imagines a vivid picture of his teacher. He has been told, “Today the laws are not in order. Everything is in chaos yet you still insist on practicing your ethics, music, humanity, and harmony.” Although he is ashamed that he has not achieved anything, he has been asked: How do you know the lack of contribution is not the true contribution?

Third example is when Kong Zi leaves immediately after receiving a parting gift from the king. One of his students, Yan Hui, comes after him saying that he is going to stay with his teacher. While Kong Zi is uncertain where he is headed, he tells his student that there is no prospect for a fortunate life in the coming days of vast wilderness. The student is not afraid and even tells to Kong Zi that it is wrong to put all his teacher’s faith in the king. Kong Zi is revived by what he has taught his student/s that “If a man cannot change the world, then at least he should try to change himself from within.” It shows not only how one is loyal to chosen path but how one decides to stand by the path that he/she thinks is right. Even if Yan Hui can find a good position in court, he remains to hold on to his belief that he must go on a venture with his teacher. Disciples follow afterwards. This case is also similar to how Ran Qiu has been supposed to be appointed to govern but he said that it is not mainly what he wishes. He wants to bring his Master Kong Zi back home.

The aesthetic moral personality Yi covers quite a broad deliberation on how it is being applied even to everyday situations in our lives- from the simplest to the most complex conditions that the human life and the human being demand. There are noticeably interrelated concepts. As the interaction between them exists, so does the preference for righteousness.

Example 1, 2, and 3 suggest that the willpower can create a far-reaching horizon that allows more meaningful outlook to take over the minds, hearts, and souls of the people not only in the film but in the world where humanity belongs. A failure doesn’t necessarily mean that it occurs because the person has been wrong. It only implies that as long as the person tries his/her best to accomplish what he/she understands to be the right thing to endure, he/she still wins beyond a purposive journey from which a person learns and to which a person further applies what he/she accepts is real, rigid, and righteous.

Amid the struggles, a moral person survives with benevolence, rectitude, propriety, wisdom, and sincerity fused into a glowing spark that ignites the flame of burning passion for humanity.

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