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Monday, August 23, 2010

Food for thought

Recently I was gifted with a wonderfully juicy sci-fi novel by Neil Stephenson - "The Diamond Age" and its given me a second glance at the works of Confucius.  One quote from Confucius struck a chord in me...

The ancients who wished to demonstrate illustrious virtue throughout the kingdom, first ordered well their own states.  Wishing to order well their states, they first regulated their families. 

Wishing to regulate their families, they first cultivated their persons.  Wishing to cultivate their persons, they first rectified their hearts.

Wishing to rectify their hearts, they first sought to be sincere in their thoughts.  Wishing to be sincere in their thoughts, they first extended to the utmost their knowledge.  

Such extension of knowledge lay in the investigation of things... 

From ... Heaven down to the mass of people, all must consider the cultivation of the person the root of everything besides.                                                             - Confucius

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