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What is Gentleman? What are the characteristics of the Gentleman? Is it possible to be the Gentleman? According to Confucius, the gentleman is a person who is respectful among all communities and respects others.

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The Gentleman "What is Gentleman? What are the characteristics of the Gentleman? Is it possible to be the Gentleman?" According to Confucius, the gentleman is a person who is respectful among all communities and respects others. Moreover it is a person whom we should follow him and try to be as him. He is a person who knows what are morality, benevolence and rite. First definition of the "Gentleman" according to Confucius is to be moral. To prove it, I want to show one statement from "Analects". '...For the gentleman it is morality that is supreme. Possessed of courage but devoid of morality, a gentleman will make trouble while small man will be a brigand' [Book XVII.23, "Analects"]. It means that gentleman must consider morality and do things answering to questions "What is moral?". Also the gentleman should concern not about having courage but about being moral and it is one of the knowledge that differ the Gentleman from others. He should not to think about his physical well-being but he should think mostly about spiritual well-being. Next quality of "the Gentleman" is benevolence. The best example is "A man must be strong and resolute, for his burden is heavy and the road is long. ...read more.

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The reason is that people have changed their behavior comparing Confucius's time. Most people became rational or in other words marginal. It means that they count everything that they do as an output and want to get return (input) in form of money or help. To clarify my idea, I want to show one simple example. Suppose, "one man" gets in trouble and surely his friend will try to help. Later this friend gets in trouble and he hopefully expects from "one man" that he will help me because he helped him once. The last and the arguable statement is "The gentleman understands what is moral. The small man understands what is profitable" [Book IV.16, "Analects"]. From this statement, I can say that no one is gentleman, because everyone makes everything considering advantages. For example, we enter in university to get the knowledge and we invest money to our education because we are expecting to live better in future. It means that even we are studying to get profit in form of knowledge and well-being. It is fact! Another example is scientists or people who invent something new for society. From an economy, I know that no one (scientists) work without salary. ...read more.

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After watching the movie "Rashomon", I found that I forgot about one quality of Gentleman. It is "being truthful". Although the movie had a lot of mistakes, it shown somehow philosophical idea. In my opinion, the idea was that no one says truth even death body who has only spirit does not say truth. Moreover, everyone lies considering their advantage from this lie. So, being truthful is one of the important things that the Gentleman must achieve. In the previous class when we discussed about truth we say that everyone lies nowadays and it is fact. Again, this quality (being truthful) provides my idea that it is impossible to be the Gentleman. Nevertheless, trying to achieve this quality makes us better person. In the end, I want to say that nowadays, people try to be not well-educated in physical and spiritual level, but to be well-known and to have more money. Confucius shown the ways of life and explained what is important for society and for person, but nowadays' philosophers or high-educated people show us how to live better and search innovations that make people's life easy. However, we should pursue to be Confucius's Gentleman and try to achieve the qualities of the Gentleman such as rite, benevolence and morality or in other words, we should combine courage with wisdom and reverence in one soul. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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