The Scholar studies the Men of Antiquity to become an Exemplar in Future Ages | Book of Rites (Li Ji)

  • Main Quote of The American Minervan

A PASSAGE FROM THE LI JI THAT DEFINES THE AMERICAN MINERVAN, REFLECTING ITS IDEA OF PERFECTIBILISM AND REPUBLICANISM.

This single passage defines all that we aim toward in this life; and is therefore, the most important to the ideal of The American Minervan. It also tells you, as the reader something you find curious, rather than how does Far-East Asian Philosophy influence me. I would not say, it influenced me, as if I merely had no conception of its ideas in other ways before I discovered Ruism (the tradition and philosophy developed, taught and practiced by Confucius and his disciples). I think of these philosophies in relation to what will come to define a renewed idea of Johann Adam Weishaupt’s idea of Perfectibilism, and American Republicanism. If so, then I consider also certain limitations, or scope of “Western,” specifically “American” political habits, theory, and culture. This quote tells us, that the Scholar studies the minds of past to become an exemplary human-being; which is in relation to what Confucius defines as ‘culture’ through li,— by perfecting culture, and the condition of an ideal-state of being.

“The scholar lives and has his associations with men of the present day, but the men of antiquity are the subjects of his study. Following their principles and examples in the present age, he will become a pattern in future ages.”

LI JI 禮記 BK. XXXVIII.

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