Confucianism and Daoism. Learning from the young rice plants. Final exam. UGC 111LR-K December 13, 2013, Friday (NB: corrected) 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM Knox 104. Exam preparation. 1) Lecture Notes: all overheads for semester
Learning from the young rice plants
‘ “No one in the Empire will refuse to give it to him. Does your Majesty not know about young rice plants? Should there be a drought in the seventh or eighth month, these plants will wilt. If clouds begin to gather in the sky and rain comes pouring down, then the plants will spring up again. This being the case, who can stop it?
Now in the Empire amongst the shepherds of men there is not one who is not fond of killing. If there is one who is not, then the people of the Empire will crane their necks to watch for his coming. This being truly the case, the people will turn to him like water flowing downwards with a tremendous force. Who can stop it?” (Mencius, Book I; Part A, 6.)
Aware of the no-thingness of the Dao: