When Confucius fasted, he always wore a clean, plain linen robe. When he fasted, he always changed his diet and his usual seat at home.
When Confucius was sick and his ruler came to visit him, he had himself laid out facing east, with his court rapes draped over him, and his sash laid out across the bed.
Confucius didn’t sleep stiffly, like a corpse. At home, he was casual and at ease.
Fan Chi asked about humaneness.
Confucius replied, “Be reverent at home, respectfully attentive in public matters, and loyal in your dealings with others.
“Even if you go and live with barbarians, don’t throw these things away.”
Confucius said, “An official who is hung up on the comforts of home shouldn’t be called an official.”