For most of my life I have been trying to earn someone’s respect, friendship, love, or even just their acceptance. The great Zhòngní said If a man is respectful he will not be treated with insolence. If he is tolerant he will win the multitude.
Under the ocean is where I have found the greatest peace and self confidence. Down there I have never been afraid, even when I got into tricky situations such as the time we were cave diving and I got stuck so I had to take off my tank and carry it in front of me. On confidence the great man says Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.
Constantly, I have tried to live up to the ideal of the Superior Man. The superior man is distressed by the limitations of his ability; he is not distressed by the fact that men do not recognise the ability he has.
Knowing what I know and what I don’t has been the basis of my confidence. The Master said, You! [由], shall I teach you about knowing? To regard knowing it as knowing it; to regard not knowing it as not knowing it—this is knowing.
In the End, it all comes down to just one thing; Have I learned anything? By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
The question is; How many times have I done this before in my posts without anyone noticing?