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In-groups and Out groups In this essay I will discuss the Greek notions of in-groups and out groups and how they relate to confucian principle of Jen and the Hindu caste system My understanding from the article titled The Contextual Foundations of Interpersonal Struggle is the people of Greek descent normally live in a close-knit unit where a person is considered to be in the in-group or the out group The in-group includes family friends and even friends of friends Anyone outside of this group is considered to be in the out-group This would include all of those in the community out-side of the in-group The in-group does not interact well with the out group and seems to have a competitiveness with the out group This behavior is sometimes displayed even within the in-group The only way for an outsider to be accepted in the in-group is through marriage Members of the in-group are committed to one-another and share a common sense of trust and loyalty They have what could be construed as a code of conduct The article mentions relations with the out-group members are characterized by a great deal of suspicion and mistrust p109 The Greek notions of in-groups and out-groups and how they relate to Confucian beliefs Confucianism as defined in the article is a philosophy of human nature that considers proper human relationships as the basis of society p 64 Confucianism has four basic principles The cardinal principle of Jen is humanism Fundamentally it means warm human feelings between people p 65 Confucius said that practicing Jen is not to do to another man what you yourself dont want p65 This is also mentioned in the Bible and they are words that I live by Do unto others as you would have others do unto you Society calls this saying the Golden Rule East Asians like the Greek have sharp distinction between in-group and out group
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