Thursday, March 12, 2009

Your Moment of Zen 3/12/09

"A superior man in dealing with the world is not for anything or against anything." He follows righteousness as the standard".- Confucius

1 comment:

Andy said...

I'm not sure how to live without being for or against anything...

My understanding is that righteousness in Confucianism is "doing what is appropriate for one's role" (e.g. as a father, teacher, etc.). Can we do that without being for or against something?

I'm thinking of people in leadership roles who are unwilling to take a position. Worse yet, they are against something but fail to be for something.

It's easy to see the problems. Leaders seek to find solutions.

It would seem to me that if you're not for something you're willing to tolerate anything. I'm guessing that's not what Confucius was advocating--I just think it's easy to misinterpret it....

Thanks Allan, as always, for making us think!