Ancient Wisdom for Humanity’s Future

Posted: 2011/08/19 in Motivational, Philosophy
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Here are some life TRUTH principles I live by from my Ancient mentors. I tweak myself with philosophies and life experiences of Zhuge Liang, Sun Tzu, Marcus Aurelius, Lao Tzu, Niccoló Macchiavelli, Socrates, Kirkegaard, etc measuring sticks and tweak my life accordingly.

I have been fortunate to be brought up in both east and west. Growing up and especially as a grown adult, I see a stark difference between mentalities and this is the reason for many misunderstandings.

My Eastern upbringing has always emphasized self-mastery before anything else. The East says, “The superior man ACTS before he speaks, and afterwards he speaks according to his actions.” The West, well, as you can tell, they talk a lot and lack action or go opposite of what they say. Consistency is very difficult virtue to master for people with unstable mind and character. This is why the old adage by Socrates still rings true and powerful: KNOW THY SELF.

Confucius said, “Study the past if you would define the future.” Humanity has been educated to be demoralized and we are now seeing the “benefits” of that everywhere. We must honor and study the Ancient wisdom of our past in order to have a better world than what the Corporatists are offering.

Let us hail noble virtues again. There is something beautiful about soft power, the yin. All the damages we see are from yang.

Here’s from Zhuge Liang (nicknamed, Hidden Dragon):

Opportunistic relationships can hardly be kept constant. The acquaintance of honorable people, even at a distance, does not add flowers in times of warmth and does not change its leaves in times of cold: it continues unfading through the four seasons, becomes increasingly stable as it passes through ease and danger.

Good generals select intelligent officers, thoughtful advisors, and brave subordinates. They oversee their troops like a fierce tiger with wings.

An enlightened ruler does not worry about people not knowing him; he worries about not knowing people.

Nothing is harder to see into than people’s nature. The sage looks at subtle phenomena and listens to small voices. This harmonizes the outside with the inside and the inside with the outside.

To overcome the intelligent by folly is contrary to the natural order of things; to overcome the foolish by intelligence is in accord with the natural order. To overcome the intelligent by intelligence, however, is a matter of opportunity.

Detach from emotions and desires; get rid of any fixations.

The loss of any army is always caused by underestimating the enemy. Therefore gather information and watch the enemy carefully.

You are harmed by decadence when judgment is based on private views, when forces are mobilized for personal reasons. These generals are treacherous and immoral.

VERY IMPORTANT IN ANY ENDEAVOR:

The five skills are skill in knowing the disposition and power of enemies, skill in knowing the ways to advance and withdraw, skill in knowing how empty or how full countries are, skill in knowing nature’s timing and human affairs, and skill in knowing the features of terrain.
The four desires are desire for the extraordinary and unexpected in strategy, desire for thoroughness in security, desire for calm among the masses, and desire for unity of hearts and minds.

All my friends think I am SO mysterious. Perhaps Sun Tzu’s to blame, “Be extremely subtle, even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious, even to the point of soundlessness. Thereby you can be the director of the opponent’s fate. ”

He also said:

Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster.

Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat. (Sounds like NATO all year. If the West did not pay the big western media giants to manicure all the news into some beautiful hero like propaganda, they wouldn’t have anyone supporting them financially. Lies are charming.)

The opportunity to secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself. (This made me smile as it gave me hope just now.)

The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting. (And that is why the Warmongering USA/NATO are useful idiots to the Corporatists. They make money without lifting a finger, people get buried in debt and die. Maybe someday Mr. Hopey Changey will realize he is just a useful IDIOT. I think he does. He likes it a lot. Narcissists like to look at themselves on TV. The Corporatists always use power hungry narcissists. Quite sad for him. But he made his choice and there will be consequences. Americans will wake up and get very angry he sold them to slavery. I hope the Founding Fathers of America haunt him every night. They’re really rolling over in their grave to what Woodrow Wilson to present have done to destroy the Land of the Free.)

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