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And in the process, the ideal of sincerity is essential. The attainment of sincerity is the way of men. The Doctrine of the Mean says, "He who attains to sincerity is he who chooses what is good and firmly holds it fast" (Legge, 1960:324). For Confucians, sincerity is indispensable to the achievement of true self. In the eyes of Confucius, nothing is more unbearable than a xiang-yuan who was condemned as "the thief of virtue" simply for his lack of moral autonomy and courage in being unable to hold a consistent stand towards right and wrong (Legge, 1960:324).
This voluntaristic view of the 32 AMBROSE Y. C. KING AND MICHAEL H. BOND individual is crystalized in the unique Confucian concept of xiu-ji (selfcultivation). Self-cultivation is a process that involves a subtle interplay between role and identity. And in the process, the ideal of sincerity is essential. The attainment of sincerity is the way of men. The Doctrine of the Mean says, "He who attains to sincerity is he who chooses what is good and firmly holds it fast" (Legge, 1960:324). For Confucians, sincerity is indispensable to the achievement of true self.
To the extent that China's traditional kinship networks were partially built on such economic foundations, these measures weakened the influence of the kinship groups. Although kinship ties still exist today on an attenuated basis, extended families have disappeared as a coherent formal group and the kinship groups are no longer able to apply economic sanctions to enforce their norms and demands as they did in the past. On the other hand, these early measures of social and economic reforms tied the mass of people closely to the national efforts of socialist reconstruction, with the state acting as a main provider of means of subsistence.