|—||Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949)|
|—||John Maynard Keynes|
|—||John Maynard Keynes|
In meditation, go deep in the heart.
In dealing with others, be gentle and kind.
In speech, be true.
In ruling, be just.
In business, be competent.
In action, watch the timing.
|—||Tao Te Ching|
Luiz Antonio: Why He Doesn’t Want to Eat Octopus - Translated into English (by Raffaella Ciavatta)
The faculty to think objectively is reason; the emotional attitude behind reason is that of humility. To be objective, to use one’s reason, is possible only if one has achieved an attitude of humility, if one has emerged from the dreams of omniscience and omnipotence which one has as a child. Love, being dependent on the relative absence of narcissism, requires the development of humility, objectivity and reason.
I must try to see the difference between my picture of a person and his behavior, as it is narcissistically distorted, and the person’s reality as it exists regardless of my interests, needs and fears.
|—||Erich Fromm, The Art of Loving|
Like Confucius, Mencius regarded the transformative power of a cultivated person as the ideal basis for government. In addition, he spelled out more explicitly the idea that order in society depends on proper attitudes within the family, which in turn depends on cultivating oneself. Also, he made explicit the point that gaining the heart/mind of the people is the basis for legitimate government, as it is the response of the people that reveals who has the authority from tian to take up the position of king. Only the ruler who practices ren government can draw the allegiance of the people, and such a ruler will become invincible, not in the sense of superior military strength, but in the sense of being without opposition. A ren ruler enjoys the allegiance of the people and is unlikely to confront any hostilities; even if a few seek to oppose him, the opposition can easily be defeated with the support of the people. This idea provides one example of how Mencius would try to convince a ruler that his initial desire (viz., being invincible in the sense of superior military strength) can be accomplished in a higher form (viz., being invincible in the sense of being without opposition) through the practice of ren government.
The Beginning of the World: The Creation of Civilization
People tend to mix and match aspects of different ideas
Based on what they are taught and what they see
Even people who are well educated do the same basic thing
There are almost an infinite number of combinations of ways
Of thinking about the world and the cosmos and our place
In Between Heaven and Earth — We base our choices
On our own prejudices, preferences, exposure to love
New Spirit Truth Love Beauty
Alan Watts - Living in the present (boat analogy) (by joeybenn)