This is an indication ofthe tremendous influence Confuciusmust have had, that inhis disciples' minds at least hecould so change the meaningof this socially-laden termand liberate it from classnotions to apply to one of moralprinciples. We are usingthe expression "better person"here as a non-sexist equivalent althoughthe common translations"superior man" or "gentleman" are certainlyvalid.

Many of the same ideas about the good person are used todescribethe better person as well. The following descriptionindicatesthat the virtues enable the better person to commandtherespect of others:


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