见义勇为- Chinese philosophy and culture

jiànyì-yǒngwéi 见义勇为

Act Bravely for a Just Cause

遇见合乎道义的事情,就勇敢地去做。它是坚持道义和勇于担当的奉献精神的有机统一,是中华民族自古崇尚的优良品格和行为。如今,见义勇为受到法律保护,依相关条例规定,它是指公民为保护国家利益、社会公共利益或者他人的人身财产安全,不顾个人安危,挺身而出,同正在实施的违法犯罪行为作斗争,或者抢险、救灾、救人的行为。无论古今,见义勇为都是一种良好的社会道德风尚,是社会文明进步的重要标志。

This term refers to a person acting courageously to do what is righteous. This fine tradition hailed by the Chinese nation since ancient times establishes that a man should be committed to upholding justice and shouldering social responsibility. Today, such acts are protected by law. Some administrative regulations provide that “acting bravely for a just cause” refers to an action of a citizen who fights to stop any on-site criminal acts or acts in an emergency in order to protect state property, public interests, people or their property from danger disregarding his personal safety. Whether in ancient days or today, acting bravely for justice is always a commendable ethical deed and also an important indicator of social progress.

引例 Citations:

◎见义不为,无勇也。(《论语·为政》)

(遇见合乎道义的事而不做,就叫做没有勇气。)

One who does nothing when encountering injustice is a coward. (The Analects)

◎死而不义,非勇也。(《左传·文公二年》)

(不怕死,却不合乎道义,也不能叫做勇敢。)

It cannot be called bravery if one fears no death in doing things unjust. (Zuo’s Commentary on The Spring and Autumn Annals)

◎丈夫见义勇为,祸福无预于己。(《元史·廉希宪传》)

(大丈夫要见义勇为,不要考虑自己的福祸得失。)

A true man should act bravely for justice without considering his own fate. (The History of the Yuan Dynasty)

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