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Mencius by Mencius
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Jan 09, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: eastern-thought, china

People are genetically prone to sloth, after all, biologically we can never be sure where the next meal is coming from so there is no point wasting the calories already acquired. What does this have to with Mencius? Namely that if we want to do anything with ourselves we need a stronger hand than what Mencius prescribes - being all lovey-dovey with our pursuit of self-cultivation will only lead to complacency and smugness. To work on yourself you need Xunzi, but if you want others to follow you then you Mencius since no one wants to other people take a heavy hand with ourselves.

College paper idea: Any evidence of Mengzi only applying his ideas to other people and not himself, since he himself needed a stricter, more Xunzian path to get to his level of cultivation?

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