《人生十四最》 (The 14 Guidance of Human Life)

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一、人生最大的敵人是自己 二、人生最大的失敗是自大 三、人生最大的欺騙是無智 四、人生最大的悲哀是嫉妒 五、人生最大的錯誤是自棄 六、人生最大的罪過是自欺 七、人生最大的可憐是自卑 八、人生最大的佩服是精進 九、人生最大的破產是絕望 十、人生最大的財富是健康 十一、人生最大的債務是人情 十二、人生最大的禮物是寬恕 十三、人生最大的缺欠是悲智 十四、人生最大的欣慰是布施 Translation mine: 1. Life’s greatest enemy is one’s self. 2. Life’s greatest failure is arrogance. 3. Life’s greatest deceit is ignorance 4. Life’s greatest sorrow is jealousy. 5. Life’s greatest error is in giving up. 6. Life’s greatest sin is to lie to one’s self. 7. …

The Lamb

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詩贊羔羊 景行維賢 剋念作聖 德建名立 形端表正 Chou Hsing-Szu (周興嗣), The Thousand Character Classic (千字文) Translation mine: The Book of Poetry (詩經) praises the lamb for its meekness. Look up only to the virtuous and follow after their example. Overcome your thoughts and act as if you are already a saint. Build up virtue within yourself and your name will be established …

The Consistency of the Life of Contemplation with the Rest of the “Nicomachean Ethics” and its Usefulness in Morality

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by Jonathan Sim This paper was written for my philosophy module on Aristotle. It concerns my favourite activity – contemplation. I hope that you will find this paper enriching. Aristotle argues that the life of contemplation is more excellent than the life of political excellence. Yet, in doing so, he appears to be inconsistent with the rest of the Nicomachean …

Choices

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In life, we are prone to making countless mistakes – and many of them are probably very stupid and embarassing too. Yet, it is unavoidable. Either we have been too rash or we were simply mistaken. Yet, making bad choices – even the most stupid of mistakes – is part and parcel of life; it is part of our wounded …

The Gentleman versus The Petty Man

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子曰:“君子坦蕩蕩,小人長戚戚。 Confucius (孔子), The Analects (論語), 7.36 Translation: The gentleman is always happy, while the petty man is bound and grieving. The Gentleman (君子) is always happy because he has cultivated virtue within himself. Therefore, no matter what comes his way, he is steadfast and able to hold firm to the happiness (樂) within himself. The petty man, on the …

Being Human

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The Chinese character for man (male and female) is 人 (ren) In Chinese culture, ren (人) does not refer to the biological understanding of man. Rather, it refers to what a man ought to be – what makes a man a fully human person. One big difference between Western and Chinese philosophy is that in Western philosophy, the major question …