Loonyu ("the Discourses")
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The Loonyu (Daroon: 論語; Pronounced: lúnyǔ; literally: "Discourses") also known as the "Discourses of Feng-zhi," is a collection of sayings and ideas attributed to the Daroon philosopher and Emperor Consort, Feng-zhi, traditionally believed to have been compiled and written by her followers. It is believed to have been written around the Year 920 of the Second Age.


Over the centuries, the importance of the Loonyu as a philosophy work rose above that of the older classics, and it was recognized as one of the "Gour Books". The Loonyu has been one of the most widely read and studied books in Daroon for thousands of years, and continues to have a substantial influence on Daroon and Eastern thought and values today.

Feng-zhi believed that the welfare of a country depended on the moral cultivation of its people, beginning from the nation's leadership. She believed that individuals could begin to cultivate an all-encompassing sense of virtue through zhìhuì (智慧), and that the most basic step to cultivating zhìhuì was devotion to one's parents, older siblings, and teachers. She taught that one's individual desires do not need to be suppressed, but that people should be educated to reconcile their desires via rituals and forms of propriety, through which people could demonstrate their respect for others and their responsible roles in society.

She taught that a ruler's sense of virtue was his primary prerequisite for leadership. Her primary goal in educating her students was to produce ethically well-cultivated men and women who would carry themselves with gravity, speak correctly, and demonstrate consummate integrity in all things.