Friday, January 6, 2017

Learning From the Uneminent

A person should learn from both the eminent and the uneminent. If you only learn from eminent people, you will not develop the right values. For instance, you will not understand the fine points of what it means to be balanced.

Society's spotlights are generally put on people like Steve Jobs, Barack Obama, Tom Brady, Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi, etc. These people are not balanced.

There aren't that many balanced people in the world.

Society presents us with "achievers," it honors them, and it encourages us to follow their path.

Society does not go far in honoring people for being balanced.

You have to be something of a nonconformist in order to pursue the path of the balanced person. If you are influenced too much by social honors, how can you be balanced?

(Analects 9:2)

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