Thursday, October 25, 2007

Correspondence #3

People at birth,
Are naturally good.
Their natures are similar,
Their habits make them different.

Three Character Classic
Song Dynasty

The wise and simple and the upright and the vicious, all agree in nature, radically resembling each other, without any difference, But when their knowledge has expanded, their dispositions and endowments all vary, thus perverting the correct principle of their virtuous nature. The superior man alone has the virtue of supporting rectitude.>

15th Century commentary on the Three Character Classic

The truly great person develops and expands upon the best, the greatest of the capacities of his original nature. All restraints and restrictions are cast aside by the great motive power that is contained in his original nature…all obstacles dissolve before him…

Mao Ze Dong

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