Monday, August 16, 2021

In a Nutshell: The Core of Everything

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:32 AM

“The great Confucius guided China spiritually for over 2,000 years.
The main doctrine is ' 仁 ' pronounced 'ren', meaning two people,
i.e., human relationship. Modern science has been highly competitive.
I think an injection of the human element will make our subject more
healthy and enjoyable." 

Geometer Shiing-Shen Chern in a Wikipedia article

See the "ren" character in Wiktionary.  See as well . . .

"The development of ren  ( 仁 )  in early Chinese philosophy,"
By Robin Elliott Curtis, U. of B.C. Master's thesis, 2016

Thus, we can conclude that several different forms of
the character ren , were in existence during the
Warring States period. This shows that etymological analyses
focusing exclusively on the combination of 人 and 二 are inadequate.
It should also serve as a warning against “
character fetishization,”
or giving “exaggerated status to Chinese characters in the interpretation
of Chinese language, thought, and culture.” 46

46  Edward McDonald 2009, p. 1194.

McDonald, Edward. 2009. “Getting over the Walls of
Discourse: 'Character Fetishization' in Chinese Studies.”
The Journal of Asian Studies  68 (4): 1189 – 1213.

Wikipedia article on Ren  in Confucianism:

人 + 二  =  仁  (Rén)
man on left two on right,
the relationship between two human beings,
means co-humanity. Originally the character
was just written as丨二  [citation needed] 
representing yin yang,
the vertical line is yang
(bright, traditionally masculine, heaven, odd numbers),
the two horizontal lines are yin
(dark, traditionally feminine, earth, even numbers),
仁 is the core of everything. 

"The core of everything" . . . Citation needed ?

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