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An initial observation of The Analects may be one that notes theinformal tone of the text This informality stems from theconversational style in which Master Confucius disciples recorded histeachings The disciples observations of their Master allow the readerto be able to obtain a more thorough image of Confucius of not only hismethodology but also of his persona Amid all the underlying philosophytowards topics such as humaneness ren The Analects reveals animportant characteristic of the Master that he himself is human Thepages of The Analects depict Confucius as a regular man involved inrelationships social interaction and occasional lightheartednessConfucius ideas --whether original or synthesized-- are strengthen bythe malleability of his lessons the Master can shape the basic idealsof ren li yi and junzi to fit a particular individual Confuciuswould be unable to form personalized sayings if he was not wellestablished in friendships and relationships In The Analectstranslated by William Edward Soothill there is a certain occurrencethat best humanizes Confucius in respect to relationships In Book XIboth Tzu Lu and Jan Chiu come to Confucius with a similar question ofwhether to put what they heard into immediate practice Tzu Lu receivesan answer that he should not and Jan Chiu is told that he should Whenquestioned about this discrepancy Confucius replies that Jan Chiulags behind so I urged him forward but Tzu Lu has energy for twomen so I held him back 63 The Master was not just a oracle thatspoke generalized statements given to those who sought counsel Hecombined what he knew about the person he was speaking to as well asthe Mandate of Heaven and altered appropriately Even questionscongruent with each other but imposed by different people would begiven variable answers The first three chapters of Book XII hasConfucius being asked the meaning of virtue multiple times UndoubtedlyConfucius arrives on separate truths for each inquiry 67 Thus is partof the system that Confucius conducted his instruction Moreover thereis also a conversational aspect that plays an important
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