Heaven, Earth and Humanity in Harmony
--- A discussion on the relationships between human
by Ou, Wenwei
The heaven rests with invisible but
active spirits; the earth rests with its thick solidness. Once the heaven
and the earth were combined together, and there is spirit and its
carriers, man is created and materials are made.
Manís spirit is like the heaven and
manís physical body is like the earth. The spirit is the thinking and the
body is the material. When the harmony between the spirit and flesh is
achieved, a perfect man is made. Man cannot live without materials, nor
without spirit. Man is in his perfect condition only when his QI and YI
(mind) are highly spirited and vigorous.
QI is material while YI is spirit. QI is
both material and spirit, primarily material and secondarily spirit; while
YI is both spirit and material, primarily spirit and secondarily material.
QI comes with YI, and YI (mind) generates from the heart. And only when a
manís YI and QI are combined into one, can he be a genuine man.
To cultivate YI is to lay a firm
foundation; to gather QI to keep the body fit. Free the mind from evil
thoughts and QI will be good itself. Take in everything good, reinforce
the root, and trace back to the source, eliminate diseases, to keep fit
and living longer. Retribution for good or evil can surely be found in how
one is tempering.
As the sun homologizes the moon so YIN
achieves balance with YANG, it has opened up a path for all things on
earth to live and multiply in peace. Be kind and friendly, accumulate
virtues and do good deeds, and the human race is onto its bright road to
The universe will never to extinct,
neither will the materials there. But why man is mortal? It is because man
is unable to achieve harmony with the everlasting universe and the
Harmony is in fact cooperation, and
Therefore, if one tempers oneself both
spiritually and physically, one should be able to live forever. This is
The "heaven, earth and humanity in harmony" is
the philosophical thinking with the most practical significance in the
brilliant traditional Chinese civilization and culture. It talks about
three objects: The Heaven, the Earth and the Man. The relationships
described between the heaven and the earth, between man and man, between
the heaven and the man, and among the heaven, the earth and the man or
between nature and man. In today's language, it is the relationship
between man and environment. In the relation between man and man, it is
also include the relations between man's own spirit and flesh. It pointed
out that the most important standard in these relations is harmony.
Harmony means being in step and harmonious.
If the heaven, the earth and the man in all
the relations explained above are able to get along in step and
harmonious, everything would have been able to co-exist, has steady and
In order for the human race to survive and
develop, I think we should have a extensive, complete understanding of the
teaching of "Harmony among the Heaven, the Earth and the Man", which is a
brilliant philosophical thinking.
How should we understand it?
I believe that we should not only understand
the natures and characteristics of things of the heaven, the earth and
man, but also the relations among them, and furthermore the correct
handling of the connections among them, which should be based on
harmonious. To solve the problem of harmonious relations, we must solve
the conflict of the harmony within man's own spirit and flesh.
For this, I have specially written this short
Note: the short essay above is originally in