Strange phenomena

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子不語怪力亂神。
Confucius never talked of strange phenomena, prodigious feats of strength, rebellions, or spirits.

Unlike philosophers and thinkers of a more mystical bent, Confucius was a rationalist. He didn’t fill ruler’s heads with ominous warnings of impending doom when a comet appeared in the sky or a minor earthquake hit, nor did he believe in tales of supernatural human strength.

He didn’t try to gain political advantage by whispering into rulers’ ears the cosmic significance of peasant uprisings in their kingdoms, either, but when called upon focused on providing practical solutions to putting them down. No wonder, the spirit world offered no attractions to him.

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