Rén is not a concept that is learned; it is innate, that is to say, everyone is born with a sense of Rén.

There have been a variety of definitions for the term Rén. Rén has been translated as 'benevolence', 'goodness' or even 'human-heartedness'.

When asked, Confucius defined it by the ordinary Chinese word for love, ai, saying that it meant to 'love others'.