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Contemporary figures in the Analects of Confucius: Zuo Qiuming

Tradition has it that Zuo Qiuming (左丘明) was a contemporary of Confucius and court historian for the state of Lu. He is remembered as the author of the Commentary of Zuo (左傳/zuǒzhuán), one of the earliest narrative histories of China and reportedly a gem of classical Chinese prose. 

This famous work has traditionally been regarded as a commentary on another ancient Chinese chronicle the Spring and Autumn Annals (春秋/Chūnqiū) – which, according to Mencius, were edited by none other than Confucius himself. Continue reading Contemporary figures in the Analects of Confucius: Zuo Qiuming

Leadership lessons from Confucius: hypocritical behavior?

hypocritical behavior

子曰:「巧言、令色、足恭,左丘明恥之,丘亦恥之。匿怨而友其人,左丘明恥之,丘亦恥之。」
Confucius said: “Smooth talk, pretentiousness, and obsequiousness: Zuoqiu Ming detested such behavior, and I detest it too. Acting friendly towards a person you secretly resent: Zuoqiu Ming detested such behavior, and I detest it too.”

Is there any harm in giving a few insincere compliments to people you meet at a party in order to stimulate conversation? So what if you secretly hate the dress that the guest you’re talking to is wearing if you bring a smile to her face by saying how nice she looks in it? Is there any harm either in exchanging a few friendly words with a bitter rival over a glass of wine? Who knows, you might even find a reason to like them. Continue reading Leadership lessons from Confucius: hypocritical behavior?