Being Human

by Patrick Liew on August 16, 2019

Being Human

In Chinese philosophy, one of the key pursuits in life is to learn how to be a human (做人).

The Chinese were encouraged to take a more holistic, balanced, calibrated, and values-based approach in being a good human and living a good life.

There is a Chinese proverb that goes, “学做事, 先要学做人.”

In other words, before any attempt to achieve anything, one should learn how to be a human.

There’s another proverb that says, “只要讲诚信, 做人并不难.”

What it means is that, if one has honour, integrity and honesty, it is not difficult to learn how to be a human.

To be an upright human, it starts from an inside job.

When the internal world is right, it is easier to develop the external world.

In essence, becoming a human starts with being a moral, responsible, productive, and useful person.

Those values should be the alpha and omega of the pursuit of education.

Success should not be measured based on profit, power, position, possession, privilege and pleasure.

It should be based on contributions to the economy, community and society.


I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

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