SELF-TRANSCENDENCE AND MORALITY: Human Creativity in the Thought of Nietzsche and Confucius -
According to Nietzsche self-transcendence is the common essence of all moral codes: "Man is something that should be overcome." Self-transcendence is of the essence not only of morality, but of humans themselves; it is one’s authentic, civilized humanity. Nietzsche’s model of the self-perfected most authentically civilized man is the overman or the one who has overcome or transcended himself. Self-overcoming as the basis of self-transcendence and self-perfection is in brief what the Nietzschean conception of man is all about.
Confucius once said: "To overcome oneself and return to li is what is meant by jen." What Confucius means by li and jen may be put succinctly: li is what constitutes the civilized order by which our authentic humanity or jen is defined. To be more specific, li is the ritual propriety essential to civilized life; it is the civilizing factor or element -- the "civilized form", if you will -- that distinguishes human from non-human existence. The civilizing function of li lies precisely in its disciplinary power or the human power of self-command. Like the Nietzschean overman, the Confucian chun tzu or superior man is also an authentic, civilized human being: he, too, is one who has overcome or transcended himself.
Overcome humanity - the worst elements of humanity - to truly become human.
On Linus Rylander
There is something known as a cave angelfish that resides solely in cave waterfalls. They use microscopic hooks on its fins to hang onto the cave wall, and intercept nutritious particles that are literally falling on top of them in the waterfall. As far as we know, they only exist in two individual waterfalls, both in Thailand.
Schools of dolphin work in teams to drive shoals of mackerel towards the surface of the water, trapping them. Waiting above, sea birds pick them off, diving up to 20 meters down into the waters. An efficient system. The birds would not eat without the help of dolphins. And at the end of the day, the mackerel are still great in number.
The rainforests are a powerful demonstration of the 80/20 principle. They cover only 3% of the surface of the earth, but contain more than 50% of all known species of animal. And millions of species of insect -- we have no idea how many exactly.
The tropical rainforests are also the most balanced ecosystem on the planet. There is an animal, plant, or fungus to fulfill every possible role. Everything works in perfect harmony.
When you think about money, our global economy is a pathetic parody of the real global economy that has been going on for millions of years, long before we reared our ugly mugs.