Jian Ai means that we should care for all people equally regardless of their status or their relationship to us. This philosophy, which became known as Mohism, is fundamentally benevolent. He believed that it was in accordance to heaven.
Mohists also believed that one should avoiding activities, ceremonies, rituals and other excesses that are waste of money. Mozi believed that the Way of Heaven was to do what is most beneficial. According to Mozi, Heaven nourishes and sustains all life without regard to status, and the Universal love is the only path to Heaven.
Ergo "when one throws to me a peach, I return to him a plum".
10 Core Theses
"Elevating the Worthy" (shangxian)
"Exalting Unity" (shangtong)
"Impartial Concern" (jian'ai)
"Against Military Aggression" (feigong)
"Frugality in Expenditures" (jieyong)
"Frugality in Funerals" (jiezang)
"Heaven's Will" (Tianzhi)
"Elucidating the Spirits" (minggui)
"Against Music" (feiyue)
"Against Fatalism" (feiming)
I find Mozi interesting. I totally get his "treat people nicely" aspect of thinking. As Christians we are told to love our neighbour as yourself. To treat others as we could like to be treated. It's what God wants from us. Mozi idea is that what we do will bring about world peace. Not really considering that it is GOD that brings about world peace. It's an idealistic way to approach world peace don't you think?
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