The core of The Analects is benevolence, which Confucius thought was "loving people" or having "loyalty and consideration." To achieve benevolence one had to, use "rite" or "propriety" as a norm for "to subdue one's self and return to propriety is benevolence." What The Analects embodies is not only Confucius' political ideal of rule of virtue and opposition to harsh government, but his educational thought of "imposing no class distinction" and of teaching students according to their aptitude. It also reflects his sceptical attitude towards the supernatural.
Based on careful and detailed textual research, the English translation of this edition is a complete one of great influence....Continua
Finally finished! Started more than 3 years ago in a small city in China, continued reading in Kingston and Toronto, and finished reading in Ottawa, Ontario.
This book shaped a nation, a culture, for thousands of years. Pretty important.
As for my own stance on the topics covered: some of it silly and detrimental, some of it beautiful, useful, and honourable....Continua