The Receptive Mode
According to Confucius, the gentleman acts upon the principle of harmonization without being patternized, while the petty man upon the rule of patternization without being harmonized. The former principle is by nature inclusive and tolerant due to its being receptive and open to different but constructive components. By so doing does it hanker after unity in diversity while revolting against any hegemonic dominance of the one over the many. Conversely, the latter rule is factually exclusive and intolerant due to its non-receptive and closed tendency to no other factors than the absolutely similar ones. It therefore refuses to draw similarity from discrepancy, but clings to singular similarity alone.