Let’s go home!

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子在陳曰:「歸與!歸與!吾黨之小子狂簡,斐然成章,不知所以裁之。」
When Confucius was in the state of Chen, he said: “Let’s go home, let’s go home! Our young people are full of fire and have incredible talent, but they have no idea how to use it.”

There’s a sharp edge of sadness to these words, as Confucius admits defeat and decides to head back to his home state of Lu after over a decade of fruitless searching for a ruler who will employ his talents.

Realizing his own dreams will never be fulfilled, his only hope is to devote himself to teaching the next generation.

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