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Picturebook about Traditional Chinese Moral Cultivation: Sima Qian

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Language: English
Page: 51
Publication Date: 06/2019
ISBN: 9787511045003
Publisher: Dolphin Book
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Sample pages of Picturebook about Traditional Chinese Moral Cultivation: Sima Qian (ISBN:9787511045003)
Sample pages of Picturebook about Traditional Chinese Moral Cultivation: Sima Qian (ISBN:9787511045003)
Preface
Mencius has observed, That whereby man differs from the lower animals is but scarce. Zhu Xi has noted that this remark means there are very few differences between humans and animals. But I think that xi in this remark perhaps also covers the meaning rare and uncommon.  As a kind of animals, humans naturally have very few differences from other animals, but these tiny differences indeed matter and are therefore valuable.
  Then, what are our differences from animals or advantages over them? In my opinion, humans are superior to animals not because our teeth or Hands are more capable, our bodies are stronger and more sophisticated, not because we run faster, have more brilliant dwellings or eat more exclusive food. We are differentiated from animals mainly because we are morally advanced, which is represented in Mencius' four terms, including sympathy, sense of shame, courtesy and a clear mind to distinguish between right and wrong.
  Xiushen (修身, cultivation of one's moral self), as our ancestors kept stressing, is to maintain and promote such differences, so that we would not abandon the few advantages endowed by Heaven or obtained through evolution and backslide into a barbaric status. Xiushen is the key to self-cultivation through pursuit of knowledge and rectification of mind, and to the regulation of families, states and the world.
Picturebook about Traditional Chinese Moral Cultivation: Sima Qian
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