Not to Reform One's Faults When One Has Erred Is to Err Indeed
It’s OK to make mistakes! Sometimes it’s the best way to learn a lesson. According to the Analects in TGPOAC, to err is human. However, ancient Chinese sages were also clear that the key to a happy, healthy life is to recognise our mistakes and faults and correct them.
Professor Liu explains that while it is good to recognise our faults and reform, the greatest taboo in life is to know our faults but deliberately not reform. She says that knowing one’s faults but failing to correct them will definitely bring about misfortuneThis lecture explains how minor faults accumulate over time and before we know it we are surrounded by all kinds of misfortunes.
In Liaofan’s Four Lessons, Mr Yuan wrote, ‘We need to find our faults daily and to correct them immediately.’ It’s all part of cultivating our virtues which will lead to a good life for us and a more harmonious world for everyone.