Ankle High and Knee Deep: Women Reflect on Western Rural by Gail L. Jenner

By Gail L. Jenner

Colicky horses, vans high-centered in pastures, overdue nights spent in barns birthing calves—the trials and tribulations of farm and ranch existence are as vital to its adventure as amber waves of grain and Sunday dinners on the ranch condo. Ankle excessive and Knee Deep collects jointly essays approximately classes discovered by means of ranch girls, cowgirls, and farmers approximately what they've discovered whereas status in or stepping out of "mud, manure, and different offal" of their daily lives at the land. This selection of wonderful and inspirational voices deals distinct views on relationships, loss, love, marriage, and parenting and different common concerns. those are modern money owed of ladies suffering to maintain a way of life intact, reminiscences of childhoods spent in open areas, and stories of overcoming obstacles—inspirational examining for urban dwellers and state folks, alike.

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We also noted Confucius’ emphasis on the importance of respect in filial piety and deference in governing a state. indd 45 7/4/2013 5:16:45 PM 46 Critical Exposition antithetical to the prevailing li as the latter lacks appropriate emotional engagement and ethical considerations. 41). 4 林放問禮之本。 子曰: ‘大哉問!禮,與其奢也,寧儉;喪,與其易也, 寧戚。’ Lin Fang asked about the basis of observing li. The Master replied, ‘What a great question! ’ We note from the passage above that Confucius highlights the importance of modesty and genuine sorrow in one’s observance of li.

Not only should a ruler observe li, he also needs to ensure that his people order themselves according to li. 3 子曰: ‘道之以政,齊之以刑,民免而無恥;道之以德, 齊之以禮,有恥且格。’ The Master said, ‘Lead [the common people] with policies, and keep them in line with punishments, and the common people will avoid punishments but will be without a sense of shame. ’ Here, Confucius contrasts two types of government: rule by law through punishment, and rule by virtue through li. Confucius views the latter as effective for transforming not only the people’s behaviour, but also their character.

8 Third, as noted earlier, ‘normativity’ prescribes to a community that which is ‘good’, ‘proper’, ‘correct’ and ‘desirable’. 2 A continuum of Confucius’ li (descriptive). The prescriptive nature of li provides a standard not only for living one’s life, but also for evaluating and improving the behaviours, attitudes and values of others and ourselves in society. Understanding Confucius’ li We can further understand Confucius’ li from three angles: the scope, structure and degree of individual improvisation allowed.

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