"If you treat things without adding meaning"
(This article is about treating things without giving meaning, so people have no meaning when they live)
The Eastern Han Confucianist Zhao Qi said:
Things, things too. [^ 3]
He didn't treat things as things, but connected things with people as things.
Conscience gives meaning to things, Wang Yangming said:
The heart is the reason, and the heart is not covered by selfish desire, which is the heavenly principle ... In this way, the heart of the heavenly principle is pure, the father is filial, the king is loyal, and the friendship and governance of the people are Faith and kindness. [^ 2]
If you do not add meaning to things, then one person kills another person. From the perspective of pure material, it just reorganizes the other person ’s material. The World War II Japanese army killed Nanjing and Hitler killed the Jews, but only the material of the person who was killed. Reorganized, the killed people were cremated, but most of the material became light and diffused away, and a small part of the material (bone ashes) returned to the soil to be absorbed and reorganized by the organism again. Why do we think these behaviors are bad instead of Just think that the material is reorganizing? Because if people only look at the world from the material, the world has no meaning, including human beings alive and meaningless, there is no difference between self-discipline and living to natural death, but only in material reorganization. The reason why we think these actions are bad, because we have Heart of right and wrong-conscience.
There is always a place where the law can't be managed. One person drove a car and hit another person. Without being seen by others and surveillance, he knew that he would not be punished. He ran away from the accident and he didn't need to pay compensation. Or the victim was seriously injured and did not die. In order to pay less, the driver crushed and killed this person twice. He paid less. Looking at these two cases only from a material point of view, the driver's material has been reduced without being punished, but from a material point of view, what is the meaning of his life with everyone who performs similar behavior? It's just that the material has been undergoing reorganization as usual. But from the perspective of spirit and consciousness, he did evil and did bad things.
In the ancient times, there were people killing and killing goods in barren mountains and wild mountains. Who can know?
When there is no information about the online car-hailing, passengers have left the taxi information and missed important items on the taxi. The driver does not remind the private to use it at the right time. Who can know?
The customer said that there was a problem with the food, and the chef asked for more attention. The chef spit into the food in the dark. Can anyone outside the chef know how to punish the chef?
What can stop this behavior? The answer is their own conscience.
If the world is made of matter or energy, then the spirit and consciousness belong to high-level matter or high-level energy. The matter we traditionally think of is middle- and low-level matter or energy.
Mankind has historically pursued only increasing the individual ’s medium and low-level matter or energy, and only controlling the world from the perspective of middle- and low-level matter or energy. , People have the meaning and value of being alive! If you do not pursue meaning, what is the meaning of that person alive?
Sima Qian also said:
A person is inherently dead, heavier than Mount Tai, or lighter than Hongmao. [^ 1]
[^ 1]: Sima Qian's "Taishi Gongshu" (referred to as "Shi Ji") / Report to Ren Anshu.
[^ 2]: Wang Yangming et al.
[^ 3]: Zhao Qi "Menci Note", Wunan Book Publishing Co., Ltd., 2001, ISBN 9789579402279 /  (https://books.google.com.sg/books?id=wJOFNuFCARMC&pg=PT155&dq= % E7% 89% A9% EF% BC% 8C% E4% BA% 8B% E4% B9% 9F% EF% BC% 9B% E6% 88% 91% EF% BC% 8C% E8% BA% AB% E4 % B9% 9F & hl = zh-CN & sa = X & redir_esc = y # v = onepage & q =% E7% 89% A9% EF% BC% 8C% E4% BA% 8B% E4% B9% 9F% EF% BC% 9B% E6% 88% 91% EF% BC% 8C% E8% BA% AB% E4% B9% 9F & f = false) page.