The NBA’s Po Yi
I’m rereading the Mencius for next week’s seminar discussions. The work is filled with great philosophical content, but when I came across 2A9 I couldn’t help but to think of something else: basketball.
Here’s the relevant passage:
Mencius said: “Po Yi woiuld serve only the right prince and befriend only the right man. He would not take his place at the court of an evil man, nor would he converse with him. For him to do so would be like sitting in mud and pitch wearing a court cap and gown.”
The rest of the passage is also relevant to the point, but that small part is sufficient. Reading it I could only think of one thing: Phil Jackson. I will say no more — if you are a basketball fan (well, and critical of the career of Phil Jackson), you’ll likely know what I mean.