(Clearwisdom.net) Ancient Chinese people cherished time, which was revealed in their pursuit for the truth and the Dao, the cultivation of one’s mind, the establishment of one’s virtue and longevity, and a long-term view of the world. This frame of mind was closely related to traditional Confucian and Daoist beliefs. The Classic of Poetry manifested the thoughts and actions of man’s love and respect for life, reflecting a strong appreciation for time and a sense of belonging.

One of the poems in the Classic of Poetry states: “Virtuous gentlemen, do not pursue ease and comfort. Respectfully fulfill your duties and appreciate righteous actions. When the gods hear this, they will bestow on you prosperity and good fortune.” That is to say, a virtuous gentleman who diligently cultivates his moral character will receive good fortune.

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