Analects Book 1: on motivation

Confucius never offered a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow for people who followed his Way. He regarded it as everyone’s duty to cultivate their learning and behavior in line with his teachings, and it probably never occurred to him to offer them any encouragement or incentives to help them along this lonely and difficult path. Continue reading Analects Book 1: on motivation

Analects Book 1: on governance

Governance

Even though Confucius is best known today as a teacher and philosopher, he could just as easily be described as a politician and policy wonk. Through his teachings his aim was to unite the weak and divided states that were vying for supremacy during his lifetime into a single prosperous country that was governed according to the same principles and practices that his hero, the Duke of Zhou, had implemented when laying the foundations for the growth of the Zhou dynasty five hundred years before his birth. Continue reading Analects Book 1: on governance