A wish for 2017

不偏不党
fu.hen.fu.tou

Literally: not – lean – not – faction

Alternately: Impartial. Unbiased. Neutral. Independent. Moved by facts, reason, and what is right and true rather than partisan bickering or blind loyalties.

Notes: This compound comes from a text called the Mozi (墨子) and describes one of the ideals of Mohism, a largely-lost ancient Chinese philosophical movement that (to a degree) opposed Confucian ideas in favor of self-aware reflection and impartial, universal love for humanity.

It’s also one of many yojijukugo of the pattern 不〇不●, which I find interesting for no clear reason.

fuhenjishaku

The only image-search result that really made me stop and think.

About Confanity

I love the written word more than anything else I've had the chance to work with. I'm back in the States from Japan for grad school, but still studying Japanese with the hope of becoming a translator -- or writer, or even teacher -- as long as it's something language-related.
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