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One of the Core Confucian Ideas: Doctrine of the Mean

“Doctrine of the Mean” is one of the most important concepts of Confucianism.

The thought of “Doctrine of the Mean” tells us that when doing things, there must be a degree which is “the Mean”, the middle point between under doing and overdoing.That is the gist of the term “just right”.There is a Chinese proverb, “Those who suit their actions to the times are wise.”

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