As one of traditional virtues of the Chinese nation,“chengxin (honesty and promise keeping)” is an accepted value standard and fundamental moral of Chinese people, and basic criteria for every Chinese to settle down.
In ancient China, the original meaning of "honesty" and "faith" was not exactly the same.
The literal sense of “cheng” is true and clear with an extended meaning of honesty and sincerity.
The original meaning of “xin” is pursuit of reality and sincerity, which derives meaning of truth pursuing and promises keeping.
Given that “cheng” and “xin” possess similar meanings, they are often used to provide explanation of each other.
“Chengxin” means honesty and promise keeping.
“Honesty follows promise keeping, promise keeping ensues honesty.”
Honesty is inner moral premise of promise keeping and promise keeping is external demonstration of honesty.
Honesty and promise keeping is connected to each other and evolved to an united moral category——the virtue of honesty and promise keeping.
As the essence of traditional virtues, the thought of “chengxin” evolves with the development of times.
“Chengxin” embraces two different meanings nowadays. On one hand, it attaches significance to overall development of human being without any striction and spirit of independence. On the other hand, it emphasizes on mutual trust among people, which could lead to harmonious interpersonal relationships.
From ancient times to nowadays, “chengxin” is the indispensable regulations for the operation of our society and priceless spiritual treasure in the development of society.
At the present day, “chengxin” is not only personal virtue, but also ethic basis of modern society.
“Chengxin” is golden asset to enterprise, public order and fine tradition to society, and significant soft power to countries.
As a variety of values, “chengxin” becomes significant content of socialist core values.
The thought of “chengxin” enjoys eternal value in different times and countries, which is not only important to the development of Chinese society lasting thousands of years, but also moral basics for the building of steady social order, the creation of well-developed material civilization and advanced spiritual civilization, the development of friendly international relations in the future society.
Socialist core values advocate “chengxin”, which carries on traditional Chinese values and blends with positive outcome of human being. It is the core value that we should inherit and carry forward.
We can be crudity, poor or common but never dishonest.
Big trees rely on its root deep in the earth to stand straight; people depend on “chengxin” to create a wise life; a country and a people walk ahead by complying with “chengxin”.
Sticking to “chengxin” equals to keep pure of your heart and keep the future of the country and people.
With a glorious civilization and culture of five thousand years, every Chinese should be incumbent on sticking to “chengxin”.
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