Analects of Confucius: 4.2

“the man of humanity is naturally at ease with humanity.  The wise man cultivates humanity for its advantage” Analects 4.2

What a pleasant contrast to the general view of humanity from the perspective of a capatilistic society!  Capitalism exploits humanity; it most certainly does not seek to cultivate humanity for ITS advantage.  Capitalism cultivates humanity for the benefit of the cultivator.  A man of humanity cultivates himself for the benefit of others.  Hence, by so doing, humanity benefits from the process of active moral self cultivation.

O, the natural ease of a humanity who are naturally at ease one with another.

Tension and strife are the product of a capitalistic society.  Such is the unnatural experience of a society inclined to produce for self, rather that to cultivate humanity for ITS advantage.

Harmony is the natural state of humanity.  A man of humanity does not have to work on or exert effort in order to be at ease with our fellow beings.  When we regard ourselves as interconnected beings then we are as at ease with a stranger as we are with our own.

For there are no strangers.  For we are all of each other, and thus we are always among our own.

Capitalism is a society which unnaturally exploits  humanity….

A man of humanity is naturally at ease with humanity…

The one is counterproductive to the other…

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