Benevolence is People.

Benevolence is people. Without people, there is no benevolence. Birds and beasts are like that… In the world, there are many people who are not benevolent. Futhermore, there are even more people who talk of benevolence while not relating it to people. The book lovers of today are all like this.
The Third Year of Ansei, The Seventh of June. “Minutes of the Head Lecturer.”

14日仁とは人なり
仁とは人なり。人に非ざれば仁なし。禽獣是れなり。(中略)世には人にして仁ならざる者多し。又人を離れて仁を語る者最も多し。今の読書人皆是れなり。
安政三年六月七日「講孟箚記」

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