Thursday, October 28, 2010
Chinese sage Confucius famously said this about his own life:
- When I was fifteen, I was determined in my studies.
- At thirty, I was self-established.
- At forty, I could no longer be confused nor tempted.
- At fifty, I understood my divine destiny.
- At sixty, I was undisturbed by anything I hear (ie, opposing views).
- At seventy, I could do whatever I wish and still stay within moral and ethical bounds.
(Original text: "吾十有五而志于学，三十而立，四十而不惑，五十而知天命，六十而耳顺，七十而从心所欲不踰矩。")
As I turn forty, I realized that not being a sage myself, I've miss every one of his development milestones.
I didn't learn Dharma at 15, I did so at age 20. My delta with respect to Confucius was 5 years.
I didn't become financially independent until 33, my delta was 3 years.
Having turned 40, I still can be confused and tempted. Given my historical trajectory, I'm hoping the upper-bond of my next delta will be 3 years => I should reach that milestone no later than age 43. I hope.
at 11:41 PM