Studying the nature of things to acquire knowledge
This is a quotation from The Great Learning. It is an important concept in traditional Chinese culture, meaning that one should conduct a full investigation of a certain issue to get a complete understanding.
“Studying the nature of things, acquiring knowledge, making one’s purpose sincere, adjusting one’s thoughts, cultivating oneself, managing the family, governing the state, and bringing peace to all under heaven,” these are collectively known as the “eight essential principles” of ancient political philosophy.
This quotation indicates that one needs to use knowledge already acquired to analyze and judge the surrounding people and objects in order to build a clear outlook on the world, life and values.
The extended meaning is that one should learn to tell right and wrong and discern truth from falsehood, get to know oneself through interaction with other people and surrounding objects, and find one’s own position in society.
At a seminar in Peking University in May 2014, Xi Jinping pointed out: Since ancient times, the Chinese people have developed our country through studying the nature of things to acquire knowledge, correcting thoughts with sincerity, cultivating the moral self, managing the family, governing the state, and bringing peace to all under heaven.
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