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For my living color experience, I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I focused mainly on the exhibits in the Astor Court and Garden. This experience was very exciting and educational for me because the exhibit did not plainly give examples of the two religions that we focused on this year. The Astor Court and the the Astor Garden both featured different religions. The garden portrayed the values of Daoism and the study portrayed a more Confucian ideal.
Connections to Ancient China and Daoism/Confucianism:
Li and Rectification of Names: This experience related to Li because the study showed order and a place for everything. There was no awkward positioning of any object. Everything fit very exactly into place such as it should due to rectification of names. Though rectification of names is meant only for humans and animals, I believed that this connection was fitting for the situation.
Dao and Junzi: The Confucian room had a very main theme of Dao and Junzi. Education is very important in the Confucian religion. In the study, there are many books and areas to study and to learn. Devoting time to studying is extremely important in order to become a Junzi in Confucian culture. Meritocracy is also very important in Confucian culture because of concepts such as the Civil Servace Exams. I have implied that because the study room is not extremely fancy, it is another way to show that through studies come riches and power.