Monday, May 16, 2011

On Character


Character

"If the past has taught us anything is is that every cause brings its effect, every action has a consequence.

The Chinese have a saying, "If a man plants melon seeds, he will reap melons. If he sows the seed from beans' he will reap beans." And this is true of everyone's life - good begets good, and evil leads to evil.

True enough, the sun shines on the saint and the sinner alike, and too often it seems that the wicked prosper. But we can say with certainty that with the individual as with the nation, the flourishing of the wicked is an illusion.

For unceasingly, life keeps books on us all.

In the end, we are all the sum total of our actions.

Character cannot be forfeited nor can it be put on and cast off as if if were a garment to meet the whim of the moment. Like the markings on wood, which are ingrained in the very heart of the tree, character requires time and nurturing for growth and development.

Thus also, day by day, we write our own destiny, for inexorably, like the rings on a tree, we become what we do".


Character is an interesting concept and one that gets very little attention in these times.


What does character mean to you?

The Ch'an Training
From the Hsu Yun Ho Shang Fa Hui
Tr. Lu K'uan Yu (Charles Luk)

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