MMW 2 Week 7

MMW 2 Week 7 - Zhou people How they came into existence...

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Zhou people – How they came into existence – People of our race = zhou race – propaganda poems -Charge of heaven, mandate of heaven Confucius (551 – 479) -Magnificent failure – was a failure in his lifetime very much like Socrates, Jesus, and others -Were not distinguished while they lived -Did not achieve primary goal – admit failure -Think of Socrates, Jesus, and the Buddha -Most counts as religious teachers -Was not religious teachers -7:21 – Confucius refused to talk about spirits – the afterlife -Teacher – taught people how to get along in this world -Also great learner – one thing he claims is that he spends his life learning -Did not write anything of his own – had little conversations with his disciples Disciple -Adds religious element – Jesus -Not learning about religion -Talks to them and some other private citizens Analects -Selections – records of Confucius’ words -Collected sayings -Brief, some very brief – usual theory is that pupils did it -Date = unknown -Undoubtedly they got together and got the wording right -As close to what he actually said as we’re gonna get -700 Encounters with Confucius -2 main forms – somebody asks him something and he gives an answer
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-2 nd form = the master says -Answer will be framed to each individual -2 people ask – same question – different answer
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