Confucius said: “When native substance wins out over cultural refinement, you get the coarseness of a peasant; when cultural refinement wins out over natural substance, you get the pedantry of a clerk. Only when native substance and cultural refinement are in balance do you get a leader.”
Long before the term holistic came into vogue, Confucius understood the need to achieve a balance between nature and nurture. For him, a true leader shouldn’t spend all his time with his head buried in books; he should also go out and play an active role in world.
A healthy body equals a healthy mind, in other words.