‘Kindness, most important Confucian virtue in Filipinos,’ Thomasian prof says

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Assoc. Prof. Lino Baron, chairman of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, talks about kindness as the most important Confucian virtue in Filipinos during the the UST Confucian Night at the Winford Manila Resort and Casino last Sept. 28. (Photo by Hazel Grace S. Posadas/The Varsitarian)

A THOMASIAN faculty member said kindness is the most important virtue that Filipinos learned from the Chinese philosopher Confucius during the UST Confucian Night at the Winford Manila Resort and Casino last Sept. 28.

Assoc. Prof. Lino Baron, chairman of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, said kindness is shown in the Filipino culture of bayanihan.

“Filipinos are too kind, and this is apparent in what we call the Filipinos’ bayanihan. There are trickster Filipinos, but generally, we are sincere people,” he told the Varsitarian.

Filipinos share even if they do not have enough food, Baron added.

Baron, however, warned that kindness must not be an opening to be abused by others.

“Kindness must not be an opportunity of other people to fool us. We should not let other people take advantage of our kindness,” he said.

The Confucian Night is an annual gathering that aims to engage students and faculty members for a discourse on Confucius’s five virtues – kindness, honesty, integrity, knowledge and politeness.

The event was organized by the Asian Studies Society and Concilium Philosophiae, an organization of Philosophy students.

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