By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu
I read some of Confucius. Looking through a Chinese cultural lens, the book uses dialog between Confucius and several masters via maxims and questions. They are essentially engaged in a high caliber Q & A, where the results bring about knowledge, or wisdom or dignity or the acquisition of a station in life. For example, one may be in pursuit of the role of a Prince and pursue Confucius for such related noble ideology. Looking deeper into this cultural phenomenon where knowledge is chief, where advice is sage, where one may pursue the path of a sage. It may be more if not most often in Chinese culture that one pursues mastership in general. In some circles the word mastership may be scarcely heard or valued. It may be valued for this cultural perspective, as a whisper in one’s ear, what one may pursue and perhaps what was their scaffolding of questions.
I chose this particular theory to read to look at a spiritual style. I read in the introduction about how Confucius was looking at moral and political teachings-as if to establish leaders and consequently mankind. Could it be through this door that a writer could impact the plight of man, should he align with morals, should he connect to politics for its betterment. Will that save us? Does one need such an aim?
Confucius, Harvard Classics Sacred Writings, P.F. Collier & son, New Yrok, 1910, pp. 5-69