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《The Northern Forum》 2007-04
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On Jade,Moral and Confucius' Thought of Cultivating One's Moral Character

ZHANG Rong-dong(College of Literature,Nanjing Normal University,Nanjing 210097, China)  
In Confucius' era,the jade is the important content of the social life,and a symbol of gentleman's personality even more.The jade is linked to people's behavior,faith and training.The good jade is bright and clean;the gentleman is just like jade and has noble morality,so he is a model of the common people.The jade has inalienable contacts with gentleman.The gentleman wears the jade,the jade sound jingles;the gentleman's posture is very graceful.The jade was born in the stone and could become the jade articles only through carving; people are not the sages and men of virtue;only through studying constantly and containing by oneself,could become gentlemen.The jade has morality;the gentleman must have morality too.Confucius uses the jade standard the behavior of "gentleman",in order to achieve the goal of cultivating one's moral character.
【CateGory Index】: B82-092
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