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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.

How School Kills Creativity

On TED Thoughts

Schools are the places where most children and teenagers go to from Mondays to Fridays. The common notion that most people think about study if you study well in secondary schools and do well for the exams, one is able to a good junior college and from there, one is able to achieve success by going to university and get a well paid job, but one guy proved it wrong.

Sir Ken Robinson is a creativity expert who has an interest in education said in a Ted talk that schools kills’ creativity, most parents would disagree but for in my opinion I think that what he said in the talk was a truthful fact. There is this quote by Picasso—he said that all children are born artists. Then why isn’t everybody so artistic? The problem is whether we remain as an artist as we grow up.

Everywhere, the education system is about the same. At the top, we have mathematics and languages, then the humanities and at the bottom we have art. An example of what Sir Ken Robinson in the talk was “ The most useful subjects for work are at the top” and I agree with that opinion but also disagree with the education system.

It is obvious that the whole education system was invented; the most important subjects for work are at the top. Majority in most schools, teachers always says that mathematics, science and English are the most important, yes I would also agree with that but the thought of doing things that we like to do in school like music, it is practically indirectly telling you that you should not take music, you won’t be a musician.

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