#067 DFQ

As we have discussed earlier. the celebrated Greek thinker Plato lived in ancient Athens around 2500 years ago. At around the same time, in ancient China, lived another thinker K’ung Fu Tzu.

This ancient Chinese master started one of the world’s most successful schools of thinking and his memes have spread around the world and infected even more people than Plato’s.

Master K’ung (or Confucius as he has come to be known in the West) developed positive memes on ethics, behaviour and relationships and devoted his thinking to finding better possibilities in the world. He was a great master of CVS to BVS thinking.

Self X10

Confucius had an insatiable thirst for knowledge of antiquity. In his sayings, he rarely used negative prohibitions but preferred to offer positive memes on how to find a BVS if you wish to behave as a chun-tzu or gentleman. What moved him was no lust for power but the will to attain true mastery. If you seek ‘self x10’ then understand your strengths and develop them with practise and mastery. But he was no abstract philosopher. He saw the need to be both a man of thinking and a man of action.

“I hear and I forget.
I see and I believe.
I do and I understand”.
– Confucius

His nature strikes us as smiling, open and natural. He was a man of the world and of the street who was driven to find ways to help improve the human condition. He founded a school for future statesmen. He edited the classics. And, most significant of all he is credited with beginning China’s great explosion of thinking in all its breadth and potentiality.

As a teacher Confucius was always encouraging his students to learn. He also believed in the importance of daily training and practise. The Master said: Is it not pleasant to learn continually and then to put it into practice?

Regardless of how the world treated him, Confucius could still maintain a positive attitude and go on learning and teaching.

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DFQ #067:

As a thinker, what is of most interest to you from this lesson?

What will you think more about today?

Why?

341 thoughts on “#067 DFQ

  1. I have heard of Confucius, but had not heard of what he actually taught. It sounds like it would be worth looking into that. Today I’d like to think about being more positive in the future and trying to help others be positive too.

  2. Effective efficient problem resolution
    Beginning and completing planning processes
    Knocking down today’s ‘skittles’

  3. the difference between the 2 thinkers and how I am thinking in only 1 way or dimension… i would love to broaden my thinking base so i embrace worldy global universal ways of thinking and not just 1 way.

  4. I have pondered on my strengths and am empowered to develop these furtherx10 with thinking and action

  5. The Master said: Is it not pleasant to learn continually and then to put it into practice?

    This is something I have never really “stopped to smell the roses”
    It is extremely pleasant to learn and put into practice but I believe that as humans we tend to just learn and put into practice without stopping to enjoy the pleasantries.

  6. I like this line below. the need for PRR was evident below.
    He saw the need to be both a man of thinking and a man of action.
    “I hear and I forget.
    I see and I believe.
    I do and I understand”.
    — Confucius

  7. I took interest in reading the passage below:

    “His nature strikes us as smiling, open and natural. He was a man of the world and of the street who was driven to find ways to help improve the human condition.”

    This brief paragraph paints a picture of Confucius as a man struggling to show people that not only nobility was allowed to enjoy the complex art of improving ones current situation. I believe at the time, people were in survival mode and did not think about improving their situation as this was for the wealthy only.

    I will consider how to keep myself grounded to the human condition and not to chase folly.

  8. Master said : is it not pleasant to learn continually and then to put it into practice?
    PRR
    Repetition is the master skill

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