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Single Idea 6324

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 2. Elements of Virtue Theory / c. Motivation for virtue]

Full Idea

Those who are good I treat as good; those who are not good I also treat as good; in doing so I gain in goodness.

Gist of Idea

To gain in goodness, treat as good those who are good, and those who are not


Lao Tzu (Tao Te Ching [c.350 BCE], II.XLIX.111)

Book Reference

Lao Tzu: 'Tao Te Ching', ed/tr. Lau,D.C. [Penguin 1963], p.110

A Reaction

Socrates (idea 346) and Jesus (Idea 6288) had similar ideas. Who, though, is going to administer justice, and where is the idea that people 'deserve' good or ill treatment? Schoolteachers should treat all children as if they were good.

Related Ideas

Idea 346 One ought not to return a wrong or injury to any person, whatever the provocation [Socrates]

Idea 6288 Don't resist evil, but turn the other cheek [Jesus]