It’s a relief to have some time over the Tomb Sweeping holiday to review progress on my Leadership Lessons from Confucius project. When you attempt to hit a cadence of one post per day, it can be easy to start missing the wood from the trees.
So far, I’ve completed all the content covering Book 1 and Book 2 of the Analects. You can find the links to all these pieces on the following two pages:
The related content for Book 3 and Book 4 of the Analects still requires some more work. You can find the links to everything I’ve completed so far on the two pages below. I plan to finish the remaining pieces by the end of April.
I’m also planning to complete all the commentaries for Book 5 as well by the end of this month. Given the colorful supporting cast of followers and other contemporary and historical characters that the book features, this at times feels like a Sisyphean task even though I carried out the first round of research on them a few years ago. Not that I’m complaining, though, because the episodes included in the book provide a much richer picture of how Confucius interacted with others than the previous books. With some of them showing him in a less than flattering light, we see that Confucius is human after all rather than the wise old sage that he is commonly portrayed as.
My ultimate goal is to write a book about the teachings of Confucius, but for now I’m happy to keep on plowing the deep furrows of the text with the aim of unearthing more insights. With just over fifteen books still to go, that should keep me out of mischief for quite a while.
I took this image at the Tainan Confucius Temple.