- 人之初, 性本善;
Nhân chi sơ, tính bổn thiện;
People are born naturally good;
The idea of babies being born naturally good, and then slowly devolve into monsters due solely to their environment is something that both Jean Piaget and Noam Chomsky have proposed.Their proposal, and indeed this very first sentence of the Three Word Book, discounts multigenerational genetic memory, past lives’ memories, and that spark of individualism that mothers throughout the ages have noticed each of their newborns completely own.
The truth is, as most truths tend to go, somewhere in the middle. According to cognitive scientist Paul Bloom, Babies tend to be good, but only to those who are of their clan, their kin, their friends, to those they interact with. They are utterly cold-blooded toward strangers, especially if those strangers have different accents and don’t look like their family members. To some extent, babies seem to be natural-born bigots.
The objective, then, to our 3D existence, is to expand this altruistic tendency outward, moving in ever wider concentric circles, from the core family, to the core community, to the core nation, to the core ethnicity, to the core human race, and onward to the rest of sentient life scattered throughout the Universe.
How wide our altruistic circle grows is a good indication of our level of personal growth, and our personal growth cannot stop at simply loving the human race. There is a Universe of NON-HUMAN life out there, waiting for us to learn how to love.
Did you think it was EVER anything else that you needed to learn? LOVE is your ONLY lesson.
(Sigh). This is only the first line of the entire book!!!! I can’t write this much annotation for each line. I’d never get this book finished! (Bangs head on desk)
Tính tương cận, tập tương viễn.
Similar in nature, dissimilar in life experiences.
The second line states that humans are similar in nature, but are differentiated solely through life experiences. The book leans very heavily towards the nurture side of human psychology and completely misrepresents the nature side.
If the babies are born all good, then why would there need to be such an overwhelming effort at training and development throughout the life cycle of the human being? According to the first line, they have already achieved enlightenment at birth, and any other attempts to teach them anything else will only taint them.
The reality is, in this third density, growth is needed to advance the human curriculum forward. Babies cannot be left to their own devices, as altruistic their tendencies are towards those they love. Their souls have not yet reached the required advanced state whereby they no longer need to return to third density. Further soul development is needed, especially once the baby moves beyond the confines of the cradle.
Outside the safety of the home, there are a great many unknowns. These unknowns are the dissimilar life lessons, tailored to each baby’s needs, giving him/her, all the necessary lessons s/he will need in order to grasp each age-relevant lessons.
(bleh…I only got to the second line…)
Cẩu bất giáo, tính nãi thiên;
Lacking in teachings, children’s character traits deteriorate
I can’t argue with this line. A child left to its own devices, without parental guidance, will deteriorate mentally, physically, socially, and spiritually.
Giáo chi đạo, quí dĩ chuyên.
Teach the way, pass on the values
This line encourages those who have the abilities to spread the teachings of the way (the Tao/đạo) far and wide so that values may be passed onto future generations.
(lookie that…embedded in a book such as this, and there is still mention of the Tao)