Eastern philosophy was misunderstood.

Confucius, Laozi, Xunzi, a sprinkle of Eastern history and more.

6 min readMay 29, 2022

My main knowledge of eastern philosophers was genuinely from Epic Rap Battles, before this book. You have to watch it:

I then read the book explaining them better, here’s a TL;DR:

  • We can and should try to improve ourselves (Confucius, Xunzi)
  • Aim to improve every aspect of yourself equally and at the same time (5 Virtues)
  • Behaving “as if” something is real is a good way to practice change (Confucius)
  • There is no single everlasting correct ethical way — hence we must constantly try to be better (Mencius)
  • Being flexible and calm is often the best way (Laozi)
  • To try to be better, start with the small things (Confucius, Mencius)
  • Staying energised through small habits: posture, deep breathing (managing Qi)
  • Eastern philosophy was born from bureaucratic societies not natural traditional ones and hence is still relatable