The basic meaning of yong (勇) is courage, which is a virtue. When necessary, a courageous person is expected to fearlessly stop any act that violates ethical principles without giving any consideration to his own personal interests. Acts of courage must be based upon recognition and observance of ethical and social norms. Otherwise, such acts may become ruthless, brutal and risky, and cause social chaos.
Confucius said: “One who offers sacrifices to other people’s ancestors is a flatterer. One who knows what is right but takes no action is lacking in courage.” (The Analects)
Zilu asked: “Should a person of virtue act with courage?” Confucius answered: “A man of virtue should observe ethical principles above everything else. One who has courage but ignores ethical principles will become a trouble maker. A petty person who has courage but ignores ethical principles will become a thief or a robber.” (The Analects)