Cultural and ritual balance

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子曰:「君子博學於文,約之以禮,亦可以弗畔矣夫!」
Confucius said: “A leader expands his learning through culture and keeps his behavior in check through the rites; as a result, he is unlikely to go wrong.”

A leader needs to achieve the right balance between creativity and order. Culture provides the fuel for boosting creativity while the rites help keep the ego in check so that you stay on the right path.

Many commentators translate 文 (wén) as “literature”, but the term has a much broader meaning of “patterns” that encompasses painting, music, calligraphy, and sculpture as well.

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