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The teaching that is not expressed in words, the advantage that is had by acting without conscious purpose, rare is it that anyone under Heaven ever reaches them. (Poem 43) Page of 15 31
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ETHICS 1 - Ethics and Moral Reasoning in Everyday Life Act by not acting; do by not doing; find flavor in that which has no flavor. Deal with the small as if it were the great, and deal with the few as if it were the many, but respond to resentment in terms of virtue. Plan for the difficult while it is still easy; work on the great while it is still small. Every difficult matter under Heaven surely originates in something easy, and every great matter under Heaven surely originates in something small. Therefore it is because the sage never tries to be great that he fulfills his greatness. Assent lightly given surely inspires little trust. Regarding many things as easy is sure to result in many difficulties. Therefore the sage still regards them as difficulties. Thus he never has difficulties. (Lao Zi Ch. 63) ————————————————————————————————————— Activity 6 Choose one poem each from the Dao Jing (poems 1-37) and De Jing (poems 38-81) excerpts and reflect on how it applies to an issue or situation that you are encountering at present, in yourself, with your friends, at home, in school, or in your immediate community. Write down your interpretation of the Daoist excerpt you chose. ————————————————————————————————————— 2.2 Confucianism In the School of Literati ( Ru Jia ), known in the West as Confucianism, it is emphasized that the goal of human life and human society is to achieve harmony. In contrast to the more metaphysical eruditions of Daoism about the harmony that must manifest both in nature and the human individual, Confucianism’s emphasis on harmony is political and anthropocentric. Its great vision is the possibility of a socially and politically harmonious life. The name Confucianism is taken from the name of the Chinese sage master Confucius (Kong Qiu, or sometimes referred to as master Kong or Kong Zi). Confucianism now generally refers to the school inspired by the teachings of Kong Zi, but during its establishment Ru Jia refers to a class of specialists concerned with transmitting and preserving the traditional rituals and texts of the Zhou dynasty. (Slingerland 241) Page of 16 31
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ETHICS 1 - Ethics and Moral Reasoning in Everyday Life ————————————————————————————————————— Activity 7 Read “Books 1, 2, 4, 12, & 14” of the Confucius: Analects (with selections from traditional commentaries) as translated by Edward Slingerland. As you read, be guided by the following study questions: 1. How is the moral gentleman described in the Analects ?
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