Chinese War Machine by Ray bonds

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Confucius himself in his last years had opposed the introduction of a land-tax scheme in Lu. Rulers and political thinkers also worried about ways of taxing the growing wealth of artisans and merchants. In a world of competing states and mobile people, rulers had to balance their need for tax revenue against their desire to attract, not repel, wealthy merchants and productive artisans and farmers. ” Rulers also were eager to attract wandering shi to their states. Shi sometimes is translated “knight,” and many of the wandering shi were excep- F I R S T E M P E R O R O F Q I N (Q I N S H I H U A N G) • 35 tional archers, swordsmen, strongmen, tacticians, or simply those crazy suicidal “war-lovers” who have their uses in every military establishment.

Is that not heavy? Only with death does the road come to an end. ” (VIII, 7). For Confucius time flowed ceaselessly, like a river: “While standing by a river, the Master said, ‘What passes away is, perhaps, like this. Day and night it never lets up’ ” (IX, 17). People missed chances, mourned, died. But that made the joys of being human nobler, keener. At a particularly bitter and discouraging moment in his travels, the governor of She asked the disciple Zi Lu about Confucius, and Zi Lu told his master he had not 32 • CHAPTER 2 known how to answer.

In some biographies he was represented as a child prodigy, a man of great height and strange appearance, an expert on all kinds of abstruse ancient lore, a semidivine figure of great historical destiny, a high official in Lu who brought good order to that state in a very short time; all quite a distance from the magnificent portrait of moral fervor and human frustration in the Analects. Less at variance with the attitudes found in the Analects were the teachings ascribed to him and his favorite disciples in a number of short texts that were more connected in exposition and more abstractly philosophical than the Analects; traditional Chinese scholars accepted these texts as records of Confucius, but modern researchers believe them to be of later date and not reliable records of the Master’s words.

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