Healthy body, healthy mind

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子曰:「質勝文則野,文勝質則史。文質彬彬,然後君子。」
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.

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