Confucius wrote of the “Superior Person,” in which every normal human being cherishes the aspiration to become superior to their own past and present as they set their sights on “perfect virtue.” When the basic Confucian principles and his notion of ren (pp. 207-208) are guided by virtue, relationships should work a certain way.
At the heart of Daoism philosophy is the concept that the universe works harmoniously according to its own ways and we should be in harmony with the universe. The principle underlying our oneness with the Tao is that of wu-wei, or “non-doing.”
Main discussion questions for the week:
Many in America say we have lost our virtues and we are too chaotic.
- Identify and explain at least three (3) aspects of wu wei and Confucian virtues that would be practical in the busy lives of Western city dwellers.
- Then discuss whether you could adopt these practices. Why or why not?