Confucian Analects

1. 學而

[1:1] Confucius said: “Isn’t it a pleasure to study and practice what you have learned? Isn’t it also great when friends visit from distant places? ”

from Analects of Confucius translated by Charles Muller.

This is interesting. I take an interest in studying and practicing. Recently I visited a distant land. Hmmmm.

The rest of the analect is less applicable:

“If people do not recognize me and it doesn’t bother me, am I not a Superior Man?”

Maybe in my heart of hearts I somtimes feel smugly superior….. at least I know I am loved and often I am not recognized. By that I mean that people seem not to seem me or seem to see someone they shun (this is here in Holland Mich I’m talking about). Heh.

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