Li: ritual, propriety, etiquette. Hsiao: love within the family (parents for children and children for parents. Yi: righteousness--the noblest way to act in a situation. Xin: honesty and trustworthiness. Jen: benevolence, humaneness towards others. Chung: loyalty to the state and authority. --Confucius (Kong Fuzi)

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I believe the past is relevant, sometimes more than others of course. In most cases we are seeing history being repeated, so it is most relevant.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Some recent thoughts

imageSome recent memes that speak to me. In a macho, ‘in your face’ world where words like compassion, tolerance, and fairness are held as whimpish and soft, where refugees are painted as terrorist, and people who claim to be fed up with others who are easily offended yearn for permission to offend at will, I hold out hope that most of us prefer to lean on our better selves and our reverence for good. I hold out hope that we prefer kindness and good will over bullying, that we choose good manners and concern for our neighbors over narcissism and self-interest, and that we see the less fortunate in the light of the phrase “…there for the grace of God go I.” 

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