Finding the Trunk

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It is upon the Trunk that a gentleman works.

–        Analects of Confucius, 1.2

, C.S. Lewis

I had no idea what this meant, "the Trunk."  I did some digging.  I found a more complete passage: "…It is upon the trunk that the gentleman works. When that is firmly set up, the Way grows."

This second chapter of Lewis's short book is entitled "The Way."  But I still don't really get it.  So I found this:

It is upon the trunk [the fundamental] that a gentleman works. When that is firmly set up, the Way grows.  And surly proper behavior towards parents and elder brothers is the trunk of Goodness.

The words "the fundamental" are inserted by the author of the paper.  So, I at least learn that the trunk is fundamental and that the focus is on the family, with proper behavior toward parents and elders as "
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