Why did Lao Tzu prefer laissez-faire to paternalism? For much the same reason that neoclassical economists advocate free-market capitalism: good intention distorts.
The relation of learning and thought is critical to Confucius. Learning is the acquisition of knowledge. But knowledge without thought is perilous indeed.
In the leisure of our own thought, we ask the question of the nature of Confucius' leisure ... We tend not to think of a founder of a religious tradition or their zealot followers as having many moments of leisure! But is that an accurate impression?