Rest in Reason and Move in Passion

Author: wmorpho | Proofreading: shuibozhuliu | Page: Daoiii

While I was weeding out my parents bookshelves a couple of month ago, I found an old book which I had glimpsed at when I was a teenager, The Prophet , by Kahlil Gibran. I love the beautiful prose poetry philosophy and my mind was renewed at that moment. What I love most is the part he talked about Reason and Passion:

“Your reason and your passion are the rudder and the sails of your seafaring soul.

If either your sails or your rudder be broken, you can but toss and drift, or else be held at a standstill in mid-seas.

For reason, ruling alone, is a force confining; and passion, unattended, is a flame that burns to its own destruction.

Among the hills, when you sit in the cool shade of the white poplars, sharing the peace and serenity of distant fields and meadows – then let your heart say in silence, ‘God rests in reason.’

And when the storm comes, and the mighty wind shakes the forest, and thunder and lightning proclaim the majesty of the sky, – then let your heart say in awe, ‘God moves in passion.’

And since you are a breath in God’s sphere, and a leaf in God’s forest, you too should rest in reason and move in passion.”

My reason often fights with my passion in my mind and Gibran just showed me a way how to make a peace between them. His wise philosophy can also be applied to our whistleblower movement. Our whistleblower movement requires us a lot of passion to move with great passion, but it also needs our reason to confine our thoughts and behaviors. Reason could make us identify the truth and prevent evil spirit_ , such like “9-finger-devil” from misguiding us; in the meanwhile passion could make us fight against CCP fiercely and reach our goal efficiently. We would not succeed if we are more mindful o f more either one of them ,since we could lose the love and the faith of both in that way. Let’s try our best to make our rudder and sails of soul sing together to compose a beautiful melody and guide us to rest in reason and move in passion!

Reference: The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran

Edited by:【Himalaya London Club UK】

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