Analects of Confucius – Ch. 20

Matt | Analects of Confucius | Friday, September 10th, 2010

Last chapter of the Analects and it has been way too long since I’ve written something here.  A few things have happened in my life recently – got married, my wife and I returned to Canada and I returned to school – but still as I review some of the words from Master Kong I realize that I still have a lot of work to do.  Back to this last chapter, this chapter has only three “posts” and only the last one seemed to resonate at all with me, so I included it here.

3. Confucius said, “One will never be a gentleman if he does not understand destiny.  He will never get established if he does not follow the rites.  He will never judge people if he does not understand their words.

His first point, reminds me of how my wife often talks about living in the present as well as in listening to her body.  She does what she wants and always has a positive attitude and this seems to carry her to great places.  This is something I can learn from.

Master Kong’s second point I find interesting.  A part of me likes the idea of being able to follow certain rules or rites that will help us in getting established.   Recently, I’ve realized that I like having order and structure in my life and having certain guidelines can help one feel established.

The last point, I agree with and personally struggle with.  In dealing with others understanding their words is essential.  Words are extremely important in both spoken and written forms.

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