Confucius Bk 8 Ch 7

Thesis:

In the passage Confucius refutes all his knowledge, saying that although he knows a lot, there is still much more of things to learn. Confucius expresses his willingness and earnestness in teaching.

Reasons:

Our life is constant learning; we can`t stop learning.

While knowing a lot you cannot say you know everything or enough.

Knowledge we can obtain is limitless.

The one who teaches also needs to learn.

Analysis:

The passage reminds that our life consists of constant process of teaching and learning, finding out something new every day. Although Confucius knew a lot, it was clear for him that he knows nothing comparing to how much more there is to learn. Only a wise person is able to admit his/her lack of knowledge. A person who claims he/she already knows enough is mistaken.

Passage

The Master said, “Am I indeed possessed of knowledge? I am not knowing.

But if a mean person, who appears quite empty-like, ask anything of

me, I set it forth from one end to the other, and exhaust …
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