Confucius and the Meaning of Life

A week ago, I posted on Facebook a quote from African American philosopher, Professor Cornel West. He said that “to be an intellectual really means to speak a truth that allows suffering to speak.” Professor West is also a prominent Christian thinker. I love his distinction between Constantine Christianity and Prophetic Christianity.

The social concern of the prophets is consistent with traditional Chinese thinking. In Chinese culture, an intellectual is not just someone whose main occupation is the exercise of the intellect. Having a PhD degree in the natural sciences…