There is time from the Heaven to stimulate the growth of the Nature
There are plenty of minerals in Earth to neurite the growth of the Nature
Only those People who are wise know how to adapt and mange the Nature.
The interpretation of the meaning of universal based on the humane values by great Confucian scholar in Ming Dynasty, Chen Lai of Li Ji (禮記, 禮運篇), he wrote “Human, the heart of heaven and earth; the beginning of five elements”.
Can his interpretation be applied to understand problems that we are facing today in the world? The answer definitely is positive. When we examine the cause of those global warming chaos that we are facing today from the Nature and in the world, it all points directly to the source of decayed hearts – Greediness﹑Insanity﹑Idiotic; Jalousie﹑Hates and Desires.
If the heart beholds respect, believes in the greater good, then Buddha is in his/her heart, why bother to search from far? If we could treat the Nature and people with kindness and beholds greater love in our heart, then love is in everywhere.
If we could open our mind to embrace universal humane values and without differentiative minds, we all respect morals and willing to follow the boundary of laws and orders, in this case, there will be peace in the family and society, then eventually we can think of peace in the world.
The removal of the devil from heart can only be dealt with by finding peace in heart, by controlling egoism and shaping behaviors. Starting from self but not expecting from others.
Those people say they know but can’t act based on what they know are actually not knowing.
The greatest stupidity in the world is driven by egoism and selfishness.
When we look at the mirror everyday what and who do we see?
Before pointing finger towards others, perhaps should first examine the self that the other three fingers are pointing at. Therefore, before trying to correct other people’s wrong doing, we should first examine if we also made the same mistakes; before preaching good manners and morals, should first ask ourselves if we have been acting according to morals with good manners, to who, when, where and how. Still today, I remember what my late father said to me repeatedly in my upbringing:
You can connect with the best teacher from within if you could examine own deeds at least three times a day.
Most flowers are gone, the grass is getting rusty dried, trees are getting bold and the wind breeze is getting colder, the re-examination of those old moral learning in this cold greyish afternoon keeps my heart warm. Even though I am more than ten thousand miles away from my birthplace for many years, but the family rules and Chinese traditional moral teachings are always crystal clear as Autumn moon in heart. People probably will forget me one day, but I will never forget who I am, and I will continuously walk on the path that I chose cheerfully.
copyrighted Mei Lan Hsiao, 15/11/2019