Confucius

China’s Gen Zen

 

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Looks like Chinese millennials are equally apathetic as their western counterparts.  That’s according to China’s Global Times.

Rather than focus on capitalistic careers or communist-party dogma, China’s so-called Zen Generation is turning away from money and Mao and looking farther back in history, back to Buddha himself and his image of inner peace.

Sounds like these twentysomething Chinese are lacking a little Confucian structure.  They prefer to lounge around in Lao Tzu’s Tao, waiting for wu wei to woo them off the couch.

Actually, this bodes well for China’s future.  If she can detach from imported ideologies, if she can return to her own ancient wisdom, the rest of the world would be wise to follow.

 

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DJT: Taoist Non-Confucian

Trump & Qin

A common complaint about Donald Trump is his brassy, raw demeanor:  his flip remarks and dismissive one-liners.

“He doesn’t act presidential,” some say.

That’s a very valid Confucian concern – the preference for clear and expected social roles.

Tweeting at 3am is not the expected behavior of a world leader.

Still, his unstoppable impetus, his surprising inner drive, illustrate the Taoist urge of wu wei — the authentic, the real, the very heart of a beating Tao.

Trump is simply more Taoist than Confucian.  Buddhists simply breathe.

 

Wisdom of Confucius

Chinees Letters on Glass

Confucius lived during a time not unlike our own, around 500 BC, when the Zhou Dynasty, emerging from its peaceful and productive Spring and Autumn Period, entered its Warring States Period.

During that time, as Zhou authority waned, smaller states within its control began to re-position themselves, to exercise dominance over neighboring states.

Confucius, a mid-level bureaucrat, doing what he could to promote the peace, compiled and published volumes of historical poems and annals, preserving the knowledge and wisdom of earlier dynasties.

Eventually, his efforts helped unify the warring states, allowing the Chinese people to share a common ancient heritage — to create a new, more inclusive culture.