The five elements constitute the five kinds of materialized elements deprived of the energies of the myriad livings existing in heaven and earth. Western philosophers interpreted Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water as the “Five Elements (five kinds of element)” which represent the condition and nature of things.
The theory of five elements explains the relation between man and things in nature and the absolute connection between them. It is this connection which impels the continuous development and changes in all things.
However, these five kinds of element have the implication which is far beyond concrete material; they contain an even wider and profound meaning and philosophical ground.
This system translates the five elements into five virtues and five emotions. It gives an easier analysis to the status of one’s primordial nature and formative disposition, with hope to interpret the various factors of the content of one’s nature and psychological behavior.
Hence, this is a set of guiding tool for self-awareness and self-education.
From the legacy of ancient Eastern wisdom, we have established a simple and practical system.
Experiences and inspirations are gained from the mechanism of creation in nature. By applying and practicing what is acquired, the quality of life and the civilization of the quality of ethics are created.
The philosophy of five elements deprived of the quality of material in the energy of nature is transformed into humanistic emotions...
The virtue of Wood transformed into benevolence
The virtue of Fire transformed into propriety
The virtue of Earth transformed into trust
The virtue of Metal transformed into righteousness
The virtue of Water transformed into wisdom
Therefore, nurture and extend these five virtues with the hope to attain the body of goodness in human nature and to reach the status of perfection in a person.
Brief Introduction of Five Virtues
Originally, human nature is equipped with the four principles (namely benevolence, righteousness, propriety and wisdom), all goodness (virtues) and the traits of ethics and the virtues of goodness and beauty.
However, when a person is born, the traits of nature mentioned above are restricted by the nature of five elements, thus blinding him with material desires. When the authenticity of nature deviates for a period of time, one’s habit becomes further apart from his innate nature, and this results in the loss of shine in his innate nature pertaining to ethics.
What are the influences of five elements in a person’s temperament?
An ancient saying: Men at their birth are naturally good. Their nature is the same but differs in their habits. If without education, their nature will deteriorate.
The education of ethics is the most unvalued subject in the present utilitarian society. Those who have the awareness of this situation before others should promptly restore the unchanged primordial nature in human nature. This can be done through the development of a set of educational system and quality education for beginners which are effective, practical and easy. Hence, this is a system which helps everyone in self-education and for every family to study.
Characteristics of Five Elements