Mencius Book 6A:15

“Those who follow the admirable qualities in their nature become admirable” (Mencius Book 6A:15

Although we do not always live up to such, our basic human nature is that of genuine goodness.  No one is born with evil thoughts or greedy concepts; these they are conditioned to assume.  The most basic senses of our nature are those of kindness, compassion, and concern for others.

Our sense of kindness is stimulated in even the most common of all settings.  Whether it be that natural compulsion to open the door for a person carrying a box, or that inner urge to speak to even a complete stranger as you pass on a lonely street, these such feelings are a part of our innate nature.

Our sense of compassion and concern for others are likewise stimulated in similar such common settings.  Whether it be that inner stress at seeing a co-worker weep over the loss of a loved one, or that inner urge to help one who has been involved in an accident; these such feelings are a part of our innate nature.

These natural senses are the real us.  Not the hateful things that we say when angered.  Not the shallow concepts of prejudice against some and preference towards others.  These shallow concepts are conditioned; our admirable senses of kindness and compassion are innate and natural to our very being.

The genuine goodness of our inner nature is the real us.  Active moral cultivation is the process of remembering who we really are.  The process of self cultivation is the most natural and noble of all human experiences.

Be yourself.  Your true self.

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