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Analect One - Natural flow of conduct

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#1 ChiDragon



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Posted 11 November 2012 - 05:19 PM

Classic Text:

Modern native translation:

English translation:
Confucius said: "To obtain new knowledge by following a regular schedule, isn't it very happy...??? There were school mates visited from long distance, isn't it very pleasant....??? Others do not understand me and I wasn't muttered, isn't it an elegance of a gentleman.

Edited by ChiDragon, 11 November 2012 - 06:21 PM.

靜觀其變 以靜制動
Beware of the unexpected silently
Handle adversity with calmness

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Posted 02 October 2014 - 04:59 PM

I really like this opening verse of the Analects.  A couple thoughts/questions:


Would it be forcing something onto the text to look for a classification of virtues in these three (seemingly rhetorical) questions?  I'm seeing something like this:

  1. "To obtain new knowledge...": Knowledge or wisdom 
  2. "There were school mates...": Care for others or hospitality (or maybe just friendship?)
  3. "Others do not understand me...": Humility or self-reliance/self-determination

I'm wondering if these could be grouped according to intellect, emotion, will (mind, heart, gut)... but this might be a huge stretch and also might overlook some ideas about the unity of heart and mind in xin.


My other thought was about trying to find a "Confucian" wu wei in this passage (the first question about knowledge coming through a regular schedule).  It seems like there is something in that about ritual (or at least a habitual or ritualistic approach to life) and possibly about something I've heard called a "carving and polishing" approach to non-action from Edward Slingerland.  It's a behaviorist-sounding approach to ingraining proper action into oneself until it becomes effortless, if I understand it correctly.  Maybe this is one way of approaching knowledge?  Anyways, I want to give that some more thought before saying any more... it feels all over the place.

Edited by Turner, 02 October 2014 - 05:00 PM.

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Posted 02 October 2014 - 05:41 PM

Here is a video that explains the "carving and polishing" idea of wu wei I referenced above: .


Maybe there's something about that in this verse, maybe not.  I think it also came to mind when I recently posted Analect Ten, which talks about Confucius obtaining information without even trying to get it; his character simply led others to share it.  Seemed very wu wei, although in a way that involved a lot of prior effort (self-cultivation).

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