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:
- "To obtain new knowledge...": Knowledge or wisdom
- "There were school mates...": Care for others or hospitality (or maybe just friendship?)
- "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.