24. Tzu-King asked, saying, What would you feel about a man who was loved by all his fellow-villagers? The Master said, That is not enough.
What would you feel about a man who was hated by all his fellow-villagers? The Master said, That is not enough. Best of all would be that the good people in his village loved him and the bad hated him.
Arthur Waley (trans. and annotated), The Analects of Confucius, Book XIII, London, George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1938
Pieter Breugel the Elder, Peasant Wedding, 1566-69, oil on panel, Kunsthistoriches Museum, Vienna
Pieter Breugel the Younger, Summer, 1622-1635, oil on panel, National Museum, Bucharest