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明夷待訪錄   By: (1610-1695)

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"Mingyi Waiting on Visitors" by Zongxi Huang is a thought-provoking collection of essays that delves into the complexities of human nature and society. Huang's keen observations and profound insights make for a compelling read, inviting readers to reflect on their own beliefs and behaviors. The author's elegant prose and philosophical musings add depth and richness to each essay, inviting readers to ponder the deeper meaning behind our actions and interactions with others. A truly enlightening read that will challenge and inspire readers to reconsider their perspectives on life and society.

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明夷待訪錄

原君 原臣 原法 置相 學校 取士 建都 田制 兵制 財計 胥吏 奄宦

題辭   余常疑孟子一冶一亂之言,何三代而下之有亂無治也?乃 觀胡翰所謂十二運者,起周敬王甲子以至於今,皆在一亂之運 、向後二十年交入「大壯」,始得一治,則三代之盛猶未絕望 也。

  前年壬寅夏,條具為治大法,未卒數章,遇火而止。今年 自藍水返於故居,整理殘帙,此卷猶未失落於擔頭艙底,兒子 某 某 請 完 之 。

  冬十月,雨窗削筆,喟然而歎曰:昔王冕倣《周禮》,著 書一卷,自謂「吾未即死,持此以遇明主,伊、呂事業不難致 也」,終不得少試以死。冕之書未得見,其可致治與否,固末 可知。然亂運未終,亦何能為「大壯」之交!吾雖老矣,如箕 子之見訪,或庶幾焉。豈因「夷之初旦,明而末融」,遂祕其 百也!

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