The Master discusses with his disciples and unveil his preoccupations with society. Tr. Legge (en), Lau (en) and Couvreur (fr).
The hopeless case of gluttony and idleness.
The Master said, "Hard is it to deal with who will stuff himself with food the whole day, without applying his mind to anything good! Are there not gamesters and chess players? To be one of these would still be better than doing nothing at all."
The Master said, 'It is no easy matter for a man who always has a full stomach to put his mind to some use. Are there not such things as po and yi? Even playing these games is better than being idle.'
Le Maître dit : « Quand on ne fait que boire et manger toute la journée, sans appliquer son esprit à aucune occupation, c'est lamentable ! N'a-t-on pas des tablettes et des échecs ? Se livrer à ces jeux ne serait-il pas, pourtant, plus sage ? »
The Analects of Confucius – Lun Yu XVII. 22. (469) – Chinese off/on – Français/English
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