[Ancient Chinese Philosophy] Five Elements- relationships between heaven, earth and humans


On the surface, things of the world may appear to be so complex and disorderly that it seems they have no relation to one another whatsoever. However, the ancient Chinese believed that everything is actually interrelated, and that all things are determined by order and laws. Continue reading

If you don’t correct your mistake, you really make a mistake- Confucius


Older generations of Chinese people believed that even a saint could commit an error. Ancient texts mirror the adage that no man is infallible of making mistakes, but learning from them is one of man’s greatest virtues. This leads to the betterment of one’s conduct. Confucius was wont to say, “If you know you made a mistake and don’t correct it, then you have really made a mistake.” Continue reading

[Ancient Chinese Philosophy] People First, Sovereign Last- Mencius


The Warring States Period in Chinese history covers the period from 403 BC to the unification of China by the Qin Dynasty in 221 BC There were then seven major states collectively called the Seven Hegemonials of the Warring States, two of which were the states of Qi and Zhao. Continue reading