Now I'm remembering that Confucius story about how some dude was asking him, so like your four fave disciples, what they like.
And Confucius was like, they're awesome. This one's more compassionate, this one's more generous, this one's smarter, this one's braver.
And the dude was like, then wtf are they following you?!?!
And Confucius was like, “Because I saw these qualities in them. Also those qualities I mentioned, these guys don't know how to fcuking moderate them.”
And dude went, “Bruh.”
Like, what I got from this when I first read it was, “What's important isn't having l33t sk1llz, what's important is being able to recognize l33t sk1llz”.
I was a teen then tho. Now I think the lesson is, “Find those people who have l33t sk1llz, take care of them, make them l33ter, and be their biggest fans until the end.”
Which is awesome advice.
I'm now imagining Confucius dancing to himself and silently squeeing and in his head he's going “look at my smol bbs growin up”, which is honestly #sagegoals really.
Like literally King Hui was like, I bust my ass doing this busywork, see my virtue! And yet my people don't increase, why is that, Master Meng?
And Mencius was like, oh FFS how do I get it past this dude's thick skull that you need to change what the game before you start seeing results, diligence ain't gonna work, I know!
Your Majesty is fond of war, are you not?
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