By Wing-Tsit Chan

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2 This does not mean that either Heaven or spiritual beings did not continue to be highly honored and greatly respected. But their personal power was supplanted by human virtue and human effort, and man, through his moral deeds, could now control his own destiny. It was in this light that ancestors were regarded in Chou times. During the Shang, great ancestors were either identified with the Lord,3 or considered as mediators through whom requests were made to the Lord. In the Chou, they were still influential but, as in the case of Heaven, their influence was exerted not through their power but through their moral example and inspiration.

Their natures will thus be regulated, and they will improve daily. "Let the king be serious in what he does. " (Book of History, "The Announcement of Duke Shao") Comment. The emphasis on virtue necessarily raises the question of man's original nature. This eventually became one of the most persistent questions, perhaps the most persistent, in the history of Chinese philosophy. But the question was not specifically discussed until Mencius' time. Here is the earliest reference to it. Since nature has to be regulated, especially in the sense of restraint, the implication is that man's nature is originally indifferent or perhaps even evil, which is quite different from the later-established doctrine that human nature is originally good.

61 See Liu Pao-nan, Lun-yü cheng-i. 63 4:11.

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