Guide to Conduct and...

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Guide to Conduct and Ceremony

Part 1. General Propriety

Chapter 18. Honor and Trust

Section 3. Appropriate Manners in Keeping a Trust

1. One must always carry out immediately and properly any promises one has justly made in any situation. If one unavoidably cannot carry out one's responsibility, one must immediately inform one's partner(s) of the reason to gain that person's consent.
2. When borrowing something from another, one must send back that object within the appointed time; and one must utilize any borrowed materials as carefully as one would use one's own.
3. One should carry out the favors asked of one sincerely after consenting to do it.
4. When holding in trust an object belonging to another person, one must sincerely safeguard that object until returning it to its owner. If through our own carelessness, loss occurs, one must willingly compensate the rightful owner for that loss.
5. One should always promptly and clearly give an accounting whenever it is necessary to settle accounts regardless of whether these are public or private matters.
6. Do not damage a long‐term friendship because of a change of environment; and do not shift one's basic mind merely because of a change in environment.
7. One must maintain one's sense of justice when meeting profit or loss. One must not forget the favors of a former day because some regrettable thing occurred afterwards.
8. One must not lose the sense of loving courtesy and mutual respect between seniors and juniors in associations and societies. One must not base the courtesy of behavior towards a person based merely on the superficial appearance of that person.
9. One must not disregard the virtuous acts of a person just because of a single mistake.
10. When one finds a definitely noble cause, one must act for it at the risk of one's life, disregarding any obstacle.
11. A vow based on truth should always be carried out consistently forever.