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Analects of Confucius Book 16 – Book 20: Confucius’s thoughts on ritual

For Confucius, there was so much more to ritual than grand sacrificial ceremonies attended by the great and good draped in their finery. These were just the icing on the cake.

Confucius regarded ritual as the thread that held the social fabric together by giving meaning and majesty to even the most mundane activities and interactions – whether it be eating a meal or meeting someone in the street. Continue reading Analects of Confucius Book 16 – Book 20: Confucius’s thoughts on ritual

Analects of Confucius Book 10 – 15: Confucius’s comments on ritual

Confucius's comments on ritual

Ritual is like a magnet. If a ruler shows a love for ritual, the people will automatically follow his or her example and social harmony will reign. If a ruler shows a disdain for ritual, the people will turn their eyes away and social harmony will collapse.

Ritual is also like an advanced driver assistance system in a car. By preventing us from veering out of our lane and exceeding the speed limit, it helps us to avoid potential crashes when we are tempted to succumb to our wildest impulses and basest desires. Continue reading Analects of Confucius Book 10 – 15: Confucius’s comments on ritual

Analects Book 10 on ritual behavior: Confucius in his home village

Confucius in his home village

Book 10 of the Analects provides another striking example of the ability of Confucius to adapt his behavior and demeanor to the ritual needs of a specific situation with its evocative illustration of how he acts when in his home village.

Instead of attempting to draw attention to himself, Confucius is “unassuming and warm” so that blends in with the environment. He is deferential to his elders and respectful of local beliefs and traditions. Even though he has become a famous sage, he has not forgotten where he came from. He is proud of his roots and treasures the time he spends among the people he grew up with. Continue reading Analects Book 10 on ritual behavior: Confucius in his home village

Analects of Confucius Book 10 on ritual behavior: Confucius at home

Confucius at home

Book 10 of the Analects provides us with some tantalizing glimpses of Confucius at home. It tells us the kind of food he ate, the types of clothes he wore, and even how he prepared for bed. Although Confucius is described as “informal and relaxed” when he was at home, this did not mean that he allowed standards to slip. He would never sit on a mat unless it was straight, and even when he was seriously ill made sure he was lying in the correct position if his ruler went to visit him.

Here are ten passages from Book 10 of the Analects that depict Confucius at home, his actions and demeanor perfectly in sync with the needs of each specific situation he encounters. Continue reading Analects of Confucius Book 10 on ritual behavior: Confucius at home

Analects of Confucius Book 10 on ritual behavior: Confucius and dress

Confucius on dress

Dress played a very important part in ritual. Confucius paid very close attention to the clothes he wore to make sure that they were appropriate for the occasion, the setting, and even the season.

In Book 10 of the Analects, we learn about the colors and materials of the garments he wore at home, outside it, at court, and on ceremonial occasions. We also see the close attention he paid to the dress of other people, including the respect he shows when he sees someone in mourning attire or wearing a ceremonial cap. Continue reading Analects of Confucius Book 10 on ritual behavior: Confucius and dress

Analects of Confucius Book 10 on ritual behavior: Confucius and food

Confucius and food

Confucius was very careful not just about the food he ate but the manner in which he ate it. As in all other aspects of his life, there was a strong ritual element to how he prepared for a meal and consumed it no matter whether it consisted of “coarse rice or vegetable soup” or the highest quality meat sent to him by his ruler after a sacrificial ceremony.

Even when he was eating the simplest of fare, Confucius was sure to show his thanks for the food with a small offering. During a meal he ate in silence, presumably to savor the full extent of its taste and texture. Continue reading Analects of Confucius Book 10 on ritual behavior: Confucius and food

Accelerating the transition to fleet management cloud connectivity

fleet management cloud connectivity

When we launched the VIA Mobile360 D700 in June 2019, the dash cam market was hardware centric. All the key functions of these devices such as video capture, recording, and playback were carried out locally. If you wanted to edit the footage to make a video clip of an accident your vehicle was involved in for an insurance claim, for example, you had to transfer it to your PC using an SD card or some other form of physical storage. Analyzing the video to learn more about driving habits or to identify near misses was an even more complex and cumbersome process limited only to the most committed experts and enthusiasts.

With the VIA Mobile360 D700, one of our key design goals was to beef up the local processing capabilities of the device so that it could simultaneously capture HD video footage using two cameras as well as carry out in-cabin FCW (Forward Collision Warning), LDW (Lane Departure Warning), and DMS (Driver Monitoring System) AI safety functions. Continue reading Accelerating the transition to fleet management cloud connectivity

Leadership Lessons from Confucius Project: week 8, 2021 updates

Confucius quotes

If you are looking for quotes from Confucius about goodness (仁/rén) and ritual (禮/lǐ), check out these new collections from the first half of the Analects that I have posted this week.

Analects Book 6 – 10: nine sayings about goodness from Confucius
Analects of Confucius Book 1 – 5: eleven quotes on ritual from Confucius
Analects of Confucius Book 6 – 10: five remarks on ritual from Confucius
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Analects of Confucius Book 10 on ritual behavior: Confucius at court

Confucius at Court

We do not just read what Confucius has to say about ritual in the Analects. We also learn how he acts according to its rules and conventions in all aspects of his daily life, whether it be at home or at court or in how he eats and dresses.

In Book 10, we see Confucius at court chatting with other officials, welcoming guests, and preparing to attend an audience with his ruler. He is so immersed in the conventions of court ritual that his actions are effortlessly appropriate for the demands of each specific situation he encounters. Continue reading Analects of Confucius Book 10 on ritual behavior: Confucius at court

Leadership Lessons from Confucius Project: 2021 weekly updates

Here is a list of updates that I have made to the Leadership Lessons from Confucius project in 2021.

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Leadership Lessons from Confucius Project: week 1, 2021 updates
Leadership Lessons from Confucius Project: week 2, 2021 updates
Leadership Lessons from Confucius Project: week 3, 2021 updates
Leadership Lessons from Confucius Project: week 4, 2021 updates
Leadership Lessons from Confucius Project: week 5, 2021 updates
Leadership Lessons from Confucius Project: week 6, 2021 updates
Leadership Lessons from Confucius Project: week 7, 2021 updates
Leadership Lessons from Confucius Project: week 8, 2021 updates