My second reading of 'The Diamond Age' finds me much more interested this go-round with the principles of Confucian philosophy as expressed in the actions of Dr X and Judge Fang.
I like these:
- Ren is the virtue of benevolence, charity, and humanity;
- Yi, of honesty and uprightness;
- Zhi, knowledge;
- Xin, the virtue of faithfulness and integrity;
- Li, correct behavior, or propriety, good manners, politeness, ceremony, worship.
It's interesting the split. Honesty and uprightness seems to imply many of the others, and integrity seems to imply most. But that they are differentiated suggests that there are many shades to them, and interesting stories and lessons for each.
One of the passages that strikes me in today's reading of the book is the following:
Pretty interesting that.