Friday, August 12, 2011

Confucius Analect of the Week, August 12, 2011

Somebody remarked.  “Jan Yung may be Man-at-his best but he lacks eloquence.”

“Of what use is eloquence?  He who engages in fluency of words to control men often finds himself hated by them.  I don’t know whether Jan Yung is Man-at-his-best, but of what good would be eloquence to him?”  (James R. Ware, Chapter V, Verse 5)

Confucius describes the class of smooth (slick, sleazy) political talkers, who conflate eloquence with good judgement and competence in government.

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