Confucianism is a philosophical school of thought regarding ethics and ideas that has been a major force in Chinese political, social, and personal life since the time of Confucius in the 6th century BCE. The words of Confucius, while encompassing a complete body of thought, are easily quotable, and here is a thoughtful collection of his anecdotes, sayings, and teachings.
For this audiobook Fleet Cooper’s calm, soothing performance lets these aphorisms breathe in a way that would make perfect listening for the car or quiet contemplation.
Promoting virtues such as filial devotion, compassion, loyalty, and propriety, these dialogues between the ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius and his disciples comprise the crux of Confucianism.
Public Domain (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
... or perhaps as a learning experience for those who do not, but should, this book is a wonderful tonic. I usually choose books on the chaos and conflicts of history and modern life, but this one cleanses the palate mentally. It calms and relaxes me, and helps me get composed for another day amidst the noise and clamor of humanity. It reminds me of those quiet virtues that are the vast (often unsung) treasure of any functioning society. These are summed up in the person of the "gentleman," as Confucious' terms are translated.
In book reviews elsewhere, I have seen criticism heaped on Confucious for what some see as anti-creativity. I can only feel sorry for the people who can't appreciate what is here. I will keep this one to replay whenever I get too caught up in the frenzies of humanity's anxiusness and "creative destruction."
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