O vast and distant Heaven, / Who art called our parent, / That without crime or offence, / I should suffer from [...] Cf. Shijing 198
1. Fan Ch'ih requested to be taught husbandry. The Master said, "I am not so good for that as an old husbandman." He [...] Cf. Lunyu 321
K'un / Oppression (Exhaustion) / There is no water in the lake: The image of EXHAUSTION. Thus the superior man stakes [...] Cf. Yijing 47
Great Tao is like a boat that drifts; / It can go this way; it can go that. / The ten thousand creatures owe their [...] Cf. Daodejing 34
In the Fourth-month the south wind blows plains of yellow barley, / Date-flowers have not faded yet and [...] Cf. Tangshi 48
Amid the turmoil and tumult of battle, there may be seeming disorder and yet no real disorder at all; amid confusion [...] Cf. Sunzi 67
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Why read Confucius, Lao-tse or the Book of Changes? Well, these Chinese classics have had a major influence on the oldest civilization still in existence on the face of this planet; that should be enough. If not, please consider that China, mostly as a distant mirror where hopes and fears are reflected, has exercised a profound impact on the thinking patterns of Western civilisations, and will. This article in the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy explains things better.
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