Chu’s “Chu Hsi and Public Instruction”

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Essay #: 065178
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The beginning:
Chu’s “Chu Hsi and Public Instruction”
The article noted in the title to this paper describes the impact of Chu
Hsi
upon the public – chiefly by educating the public via proclamations on what they needed to do during times of crisis or despair (Ron-Chu, 29). It is manifest that
Hsi
was a man who feared the decline of Confucian values amongst the people; therefore, he assumed the position that the people had to be encouraged and prompted to follow Confucian moral edicts and values (Chu, 30). During those crisis situations over which
Hsi
presided, he released proclamations that told the people when and where they could receive aid and he instructed the wealthy on what they could do to reduce the suffering of their colleagues whilst also...
The end:
.....here the article distinguishes itself, however, is that it also paints a picture of a bureaucrat who used his seat of power to help the people and not to enrich himself. In that sense, Chu presents a man who is radically different from the self-serving public servant we often must endure in our contemporary world. When all is said and done, this is a very useful work that might have been stronger had Chu taken it upon himself to show us more about the well-springs of
Hsi’s
thinking and the role that he played, long-term, in shaping the future course of China.
Works Cited
Chu, Ron-
Guey
. “Chu
Hsi
and Public Instruction.” Neo-Confucian Education: The Formative Stage. Eds. de
Bary
& Chaffee. Pp.29-39 (additional information not provided).