Give One’s Life to Uphold Righteousness
This belief is advocated by Mencius (372-289BC). He holds that upholding righteousness is an essential attribute of a dignified man, and without it one would lose his moral standing. Life is precious, but survival should not be the only thing that is important in life. When one faces a choice between saving life and upholding righteousness, he should give life to uphold righteousness.
Both life and righteousness are important to me. However, if I cannot have both, I will give my life so as to uphold righteousness. (Mencius)