Confucian Vs. Confucian Classics

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In thinking about the Confucian Analects, one can come to a great many conclusions or interpretations regarding the meaning of each passage within his “Confucian Classics”. Given the historical context and background in which Confucian ideals were created during, there is one particular set of notions in which the authors hoped that a society would derive from this literary masterpiece. Within this essay, my attempt is to provide a detailed evaluation of one of the passages of the Analects, from within the framework of a Confucian society. In doing so, one must associate three key terms with Confucian ideology: that of “Ren”, which speaks to the goodness of an individual as well as at the societal level; ”Li” which is represented by ritualistic behavior that an enlightened person must adopt to cultivate the self; and “Xiao”, which relates to filial piety or ancestral worship (768). These terms combined with other thought processes related to Confucianism are meant to direct their followers to enlightenment, or what they call “The Way”. In Book I of the Analects, passage 1.4. Master Zeng said: “I examine myself three times a day. When dealing on the behalf of others, have I been trustworthy? In intercourse with my friends, have I been faithful? Have I practiced what I taught?”(771).
Master Zeng, first states, “I examine myself three times a day.” One could determine that Master Zeng is meant to display a deeply introspective person who questions himself often. Master Zeng…
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