Confucius said: “I have never seen a person who truly loves goodness and truly detests evil. A person who truly loves goodness would place nothing above it; a person who truly detests evil would practice goodness in such a way that he would allow no evil to enter him. Is there anyone with the ability to devote all his strength to goodness for a single day? I have never seen anyone whose strength is not sufficient. There may be people who do not have even the small amount of strength it takes, but I have never seen them.”
Confucius was usually an optimist about people’s ability to cultivate their capacity for goodness if they received the right guidance and teaching. Yet here he seems to be in an uncharacteristically dark place, arguing that even if people know what goodness is they don’t have the will to act on it even “for a single day”. Continue reading A dark place
Confucius said: “Wealth and status are what people desire; but if they can only obtain them through improper ways, they should not pursue them. Poverty and obscurity are what people detest; but if they can only escape from them through improper ways, they should accept them. If a leader abandons goodness, how can he live up to that name? A leader never abandons goodness, even for as long as it takes to eat a single meal; in moments of haste and confusion he still stays true to it.”
A leader pursues goodness as an end in itself, not because they will receive any material or social benefits but because it is the right thing to do.
I’m back to my favorite hotel in Shanghai, the Jin Jiang Pacific, enjoying some vintage 1930’s-style luxury after taking my first ever ride on a Chinese High Speed Train from Wuxi. Continue reading Fast track to Shanghai
Although at nowhere near the level of Computex or other major tech tradeshows, the IoT China Expo 2015 in Wuxi provided some useful pointers of the directions that IoT technology and business in China are heading in. Continue reading IoT China Expo 2015
I have too much information to process from the Internet of Things conference before I’m ready to write about it. Suffice it to say for now that China is moving very aggressively to promote the development of the IoT and its policies are far more comprehensive than I’ve seen from any other government. Continue reading Xun Tang Town
Confucius said: “If you sincerely dedicate yourself to the pursuit of goodness, you will be free from evil thoughts.”
Achieving a state of goodness requires single-mindedness. The more strongly you focus on achieving that state, the less the chance of you falling prey to other temptations.
A border official at the town of Yi requested a meeting with Confucius. He said: “Whenever a gentleman has come to these parts, I have never failed to meet him.” The disciples arranged the meeting, and coming out of it the official said: “Sirs, why worry about his dismissal? The world has been without the Way for a long while. Heaven is going to use your master like the wooden clapper of a bell.”
This encounter is generally understood to have taken place when Confucius left the state of Lu for exile in in 497 BC after supporting the failed attempt by Duke Ding to raze the fortified city walls of the Three Families. Continue reading Border encounter
Confucius said: “Only a truly good person can admire people and detest people.”
This is quite a jarring statement to the modern ear. To Confucius, goodness doesn’t equate to tolerance. It means being able to dispassionately discern the good and the bad in people. But, and it’s a big but, only for the right reasons without letting any emotional reactions cloud your judgment.
Confucius said: “People who aren’t imbued with goodness cannot endure adversity or enjoy happiness for long. People who are imbued with goodness find contentment in it; people who think they are clever only pursue goodness if they believe they will profit from it.”
Goodness is much more than being kind to other people. It is a state of being that you have internalized so thoroughly that you effortlessly stick to it through thick and thin without having to even think about it. Continue reading Thick and thin
They say it never rains but it pours. That’s certainly the case with our new products. Continue reading It never rains