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and the nonsense as wisdom thing really fucking bugs

because if you actually read any Confucius, you are immediately struck with the very practical, no-nonsense nature of a lot of his thought.

he spent his life basically educating on social and political philosophy

he wasn’t deep, mysterious, or even all that poetic (from the surviving scraps of his teachings)

the only person who is really recorded as saying nonsensical things in an attempt to be wise is probably Gongsong Longzi.

smh.

(speaking only of Chinese thought here ‘cause I’m most familiar with it)