ren


ren
or jen

In Confucianism, the most basic of all virtues, variously translated as "humaneness" or "benevolence.

" It originally denoted the kindness of rulers to subjects. Confucius identified ren as perfect virtue, and Mencius made it the distinguishing characteristic of humanity. In Neo-Confucianism it was a moral quality imparted by Heaven.

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Universalium. 2010.