The Animal Inside You

Mafu: careless or not serious in doing thingsOnce there was a painter who drew tigers.  While finishing drawing a tiger's head, a man approached him and asked for a painting of a horse.  So the artist added a horse's body to his work-in-progress.  The man asked what the animal was, and the painter replied, "If you think it looks like a horse, it's a horse.  If it looks like a tiger, it's a tiger.  Ha!  A horse or a tiger; it makes no difference!"  The stranger did not buy the painting, so the … [Read more...]

Wulung- Adapt for Success

Wulung: muddled Confucius' grandson Ji Si didn't allow his son to mourn his dead mother because she had divorced Ji Si.  When asked about this change in custom, he replied, "A virtuous man will take it seriously (i.e. to luhng).  But as for me, I'm not that virtuous, so I just take it casually (i.e. to Wu)."  Such flexibility can lead to confusion, so wulung became known as "muddled."   Confusion often occurs during major turning points in our lives.  In modern day, different generations seem to … [Read more...]