THE IDEAL MANNERS
Why in 21th century do we need to concern ourselves with the ideals of confusian elites and English gentlemen?
The behavorial codes still dominant today got largely formulated by those elite sysems.
Today when the idealogy of egalitarian free society is cherished by the mass, the cultural memory concerning the past elite aristocracy has been willfully kept in the dark.
What resulted is the discontinuity in understanding who we are, why we behave the way we behave. Not to mention how the people in the other culuture behave they way they do.
By reflecting on behavioral and moral codes of the past era, hopefully we can bridge the discontinuity and help understand better both ourselves and others.
That in turn will be useful in sketching the proper manners for the citizens of tomorrow both in the East and in the West.