G Times: Kindness, thought crime and others

Author/Picture Design: Giselle

Translation: Una

1. About the thought crime

  • Thought crime is not a “patent” of the CCP. More than 2000 years ago in Greek, the great ancient philosopher Socrates was sentenced to death by the Athens jury for thought crime.
  • Socrates is good at using “rhetorical question” sophistry, step by step “digging holes” for opponents in the debate, refuting the opponent’s point of view.
  • Socrates’ wisdom and incisive offended a large number of Athenian dignitaries. In front of him, they’re stupid, greed, arrogance and ignorance. Therefore, the Athenian dignitaries sentenced him to death for being impiety and corrupting the  young people’s mind (not believing in God).
  • According to Xenophon and Plato’s records, Socrates actually had a chance to escape as his students had made rescue plans. However, in order to abide by the city laws, obey the results of the judges and juries, and not undermine the authority of the Athenian law, Socrates chose to die.
  • Before dying, he said to the students: I am going to die and you are alive. Only God knows who is happy.

2. About “kindness”

  • The ancient Greek philosopher Socrates believed that human beings are essentially thinking animals and should constantly pursue wisdom and truth, and advocate a method of obtaining knowledge.

The highest morality is kindness; kindness is the purpose of the soul and the highest goal of life; true kindness is closely related to knowledge.

  • Plato believes that the concept of kind includes justice, moderation, courage and wisdom.
  • Ancient Roman “imperator philosopher” Marco Aurelius: no matter what you do, you must learn from the “kind”, which means keeping right (observing justice), benefiting the people (altruistic heart), taking advantage of the trend (conforming to nature), and responding to the god (fear of gods).

3. About “Being good and happy”

  • In the world, all dharma have the same goal although in different ways. Being good and happy, goodness is the fundamental of everything.
  • The pleasure of being good is derived from morality.
  • The happiest thing in the world is to fight for noble ideals. Those who strive for ideals will be able to obtain this kind of happiness, because ideals themselves contain moral values.
  • Goodness is the light of breaking dark.
  • Goodness is the ultimate solution to all disputes and chaos.

4. The Lord loves the world, why give me a disabled body?

  • Entering the world with a disabled body, you have chosen a path of practice that is difficult than the ordinary people.
  • If you can stand the test, isn’t it a good thing? Your soul will be tougher and braver.

5. Should we care about others’ judgments?

  • A piece of gold, will it increase its value because of your praise? Similarly, will it reduce its value because of your depreciation?
  • An apple tree produces big and fresh fruits in a rainy year, while its fruits are small and shriveled in a dry condition. But what does this have to do with the apple tree? The apple tree just did what it was supposed to do.
  • As for the good things you have done, how many people have seen it, how many people appreciate your flashing thoughts, what does it matter? You just did what you should do.

(The content of the article only represents the author’s personal views)

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Sep. 04