The Philosophy discussion group that I facilitate considered Confucius last week. Who would have thought that the topic would be so relevant – the 70th anniversary of Communism in China and the unrest in Hong Kong?

Some of the comments that came out of the discussion included: ‘Confucius spoke of unity but what we see in China today is uniformity’; ‘it is so difficult to examine an Eastern Philosophy when we (in the group) all grew up in Western democracies and can only try to consider Confucius’ (and China’s) ideas from a distance’ :

An article written (Why is Confucius Still Relevant Today?) for the National Geographic in 2015 interviews writer Michael Schuman, author of Confucius and the World He Created shone some recent light on where Confucianism sits with modern China. I did find him to have quite set ideas though.

Over the past week I became quite distressed at issues happening throughout the world and I know I am not alone. I have been looking hard for the positives but today I came to see I am powerless to change anything. I think I need to detach and let go … I found the quote below this evening and thought it to be relevant.

Sometimes surrender means giving up trying to understand and becoming comfortable with not knowing.

Eckhart Tolle

14 thoughts on “Confucius

    • No… don’t give up! That’s what the totalitarians want… they want to silence the individual. That is the aim of communism and the collective. Turn humans into mental slaves… rob them of free speech and free thought… and the will for self determination!
      Here’s a positive… when you speak out against all the crap being shoved down our throats by mass media, ask how people would like to live in silence? Ask how they would like to live without the concept of free speech. Ask them to show a bit of gratitude for what they have in the west and suggest they look into the progress of the past, since the Renaissance… and further suggest they strive to accept the positives and deal with the negatives. After all, our forefathers didn’t set out to do wrong and we cannot change the past but only seek a better future… for all.
      The identity politics of the left will tear down the last vestiges of human dignity… if we shut up, that is!
      Please keep speaking out! It matters!
      Keep encouraging folk to be grateful that they were born into FREEDOM!

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