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Picturebook about Traditional Chinese Moral Cultivation: Zhuge Liang

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Language: English
Page: 51
Publication Date: 06/2019
ISBN: 9787511045089
Publisher: Dolphin Book
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Preface
Mencius has observed, 'That whereby man differs from the lower ani-mals is but scarce (希, xi).' 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 sophis-ticated, not because we run faster, have more brilliant dwellings or eat more exquisite 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 distin-guish 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.
Xiushen, therefore, is to cultivate an indestructilole spirit. Though it souncls illusory, there are innumerable ways of practicing such cultiva-tion. In the long history of China, numerable sages have set up examples for us to cultivate ourselves. Despite tHe vast diversity of tHeir paths of life and achievements, they all show usi through their spiritual struggles, tHeir splendid personalities and the glory of human nature.
Today's society is very different from the past, marked by changing environment and faster pace of life. For tHis reason, we should be more consistently and diligently cultivating ourselves, so that we can stay true and firm to our aspirations.
We wish that this series of picturebooks would offer children a glimpse into ancient sages' nolbe character, self-discipline and social commit-ment. PerHaps, a worthy life of constant self-improvement could start from these books.
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