Analects Of Confucius Essay Research Paper Sometime

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Analects Of Confucius Essay, Research Paper Sometime You Got It. Sometime You Don’t: a personal reaction the Analects of Confucius Thought is what distinguishes humans from animals. It is the driving force that brings human societies to the belief of superiority over the rest of the living world. However, this is not to say that humans are the only living species that have thought. It is just that we are aware of only our thoughts and may not answer for other sentient beings. Thought produces such ideas from which religion, numbers, alphabets, and spoken language manifest. Thought gives humans the ability to ponder circumstances and determine solutions to problems. Thought is imagination, reflection, and cogitation. Most of all thought procures answers that shape cultural

lives around the world. It is thought from great thinkers that influence the values and habits of a culture. This essay will focus on the most and least appealing themes of one of the world’s great thinkers, Confucius. Thoughts of Confucius are carried through history in a book called the Lun-yu. According to Hucker, “?the title means discourses and is normally translated Analects (77).” It is also important to explain that Confucius himself does not write the Analects. They are but “?a collection of Confucius’s sayings that appear to have been remembered and passed along by his disciples until they were gathered up into a single compilation, probably not many decades after his death (Hucker, 77).” For this reason I am a little skeptic about the authenticity of these

works, but I am also aware that the Analects are the only source that claim to show the thoughts of Confucius in the purest form. In this case, I leave my skepticism behind and take the Analects to be the only understanding I have into the world of Confucius. I may also not forget the magnitude of impact this book has on Chinese culture beginning centuries before present. Traditional dates place Confucius between 551-479 B.C. (Ebrey, 17). Most themes of the Analects appeal to some sense of my understanding. However, different aspects of certain themes can tend to be less appealing. Examples of this are determining a true gentleman. An appealing view of a gentleman comes from Book XV, chapter 18 and 20: 18. The Master said, A gentleman is distressed by his own lack of capacity; he

is never distressed at failure of others to recognize his merits. 20. The Master said, ‘The demands that a gentleman makes are upon himself; those that a small man makes are upon others.’ From these two chapters I gather that a gentleman looks within himself and does not strive to be recognized. This is not unlike my feelings on how one ought to be secure with oneself and their capacities. An obvious contradiction to these themes comes from chapter 19 of the same Book. “The Master said, A gentleman has reason to be distressed if he ends his days without making a reputation for himself.” This aspect of a gentleman now lies in the hands of others, and how one ought to be distressed if others do not recognize one’s capacities. In most cases, however, the theme of a true

gentleman portrays an appealing figure that I feel compelled to follow. For instance, “The Master said, A gentleman is not an implement (I. 12).” Confusing for me at first, I find this chapter is meant to explain how a gentleman need not be specialize in only one qualification. Similar to the European version of a Renaissance man, Confucius’s gentleman ought to be a man of many qualifications. This also may include a lack of biases while one follows the path to a true gentleman. “The Master said, A gentleman can see a question from all sides without bias. The small man is biased and can see a question only from one side (I. 14).” This appeals to my understanding that there are always two sides to every story, and one ought not ignore either side if one is to truly