The ancients felt that the superior man possesses three happy things that are even better than being a king.
One’s parents are still alive and the siblings are safe and healthy: that is one happy thing.
One cannot be reproached by the heavens and feels no shame toward anyone: that is another happy thing.
To receive teaching and guidance from the sages and worthy ones, that is another very happy thing.
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When one’s parents are still in the world and the siblings are safe and well, then one has the chance to practice filiality: the heart feels happy.
When one’s conscience is free and clear, the mind feels happy.
When one obtains help and guidance from great men, the spirits are happy.