“Excerpts from the Analects of Confucius” 15m38s 2008 Single Channel HD Video
“論語選“ HD單頻道錄影 2008 15分38秒
Is “Confucianism” a religion? It is debatable. It has its own ritual systems and temples. However Confucianism does not concern with supernatural thing or gods and demons. It is secular. It sets up human relations and morals. One may says that China is built on human relations, and the Western nations are built on religion beliefs. Confucianism is the religion for the Chinese intellectuals. Since the ancient times, it has controlled the tradition of Chinese politics and culture. Furthermore, it has an immerse influence over Korea, Japan, Vietnam and other eastern sphere areas. This territory makes up the Confucianist culture. From the “Analects of Confucian”, well known excerpts are picked out for the general society. As the dog writing the sentences, it is in hope to recall our experience of reciting the lessons in school. While virtues of benevolence and justice seeping into our minds, can it help to correct our misbehaviors effectively?
中文簡介：彭弘智 / 英文翻譯：周貞徵 / Chinese Introduction: Hung-Chih Peng / English Translation: Jenny Chen C. Chou
Clever Talk and a pretentious manner
are seldom compatible with the benevolent.
I aspired to learning.
At thirty, I established my stand.
At forty, I had no delusions.
At fifty, I knew my destiny.
At sixty, I knew truth in all I heard.
At seventy, I could follow the wishes of my heart
without doing wrong.
To hear in the morning that the way prevails
is to be able to die without regret in the night.
怪 力 亂 神
did not talk about prodigies, force, disorders and gods.
are the cries of a dying bird.
are the words of a dying man.
Adhere to your beliefs and be devoted to learning.
Secure to the death the good of the way.
Enter not a state in danger.
Live not in a state in disorder.
Whe all under heaven are with the way, be visible.
When without the way, be secluded.
Let the lords be lords, the subject be subject
the fathers be fathers, the son be sons.
Those who are near are pleased,
those who are far away long to come.
Wish for haste and there is no success.
Gentlemen are harmonious and not clannish.
Petty men are clannish and not harmonious.
Men with aspiration and with benevolence
do not sacrifice benevolence to remain alive,
but would sacrifice themselves for benevolence.
Men who do not care about the future,
Will soon have trouble.
The gentleman demands of himself.
The petty man demands others.
The gentleman does not elevate a man because of what he speaks,
nor abandon what is spoken because of the speaker.
Teach without discrimination.
I have heard that the lord of a state or a family
concerns himself not with scarcity but rather with uneven distribution,
concerns himself not with poverty but with discontent.
For where there is even distribution, there is no poverty.
For there is harmony there is no scarcity,
where there is contentment, there is no overthrowing.
when the people afar are unsupporting,
bring them round and cultivate literature and virtue.
Having brought the people round,
make them content