Why Do You Learn?

The Master said, “The ancient scholars learned for themselves; the present scholars learn for others.” (The Analects 14:24).

In this verse Confucius points out that scholars in ancient times and in his his time had different motivations towards learning. This can be interpreted along the lines that in ancient times learning was more for personal development, but in his time it was more for showing off and to facilitate a high achieving career in the civil service.

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