“Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without” – Confucius (孔子, Kǒngzǐ)
…I have not quite finished writing the last article yet. Oddly, I find myself in need to regurgitate more. Not doing any justice to the pebble, I am compelled to give a more balanced view between the diamond, and pebble as neither can deny the other. What can I say, Confucius had more in mind than it seemed. The single keyword in his short phrase is “flaw” which subsequently differentiates the ordinary from the extraordinary by which points the way to guide mankind to better prepare them self. To state “flaw”, is to recognise that everyone has one. To know it, is the awareness playing. To recognise flaw, and the desire to make amend is proof to the requisite of awareness as a gift to mankind.
Awareness by itself is not enough if there is anything to gain from. You need to exploit awareness by coupling with the desire, and action to effect change. The change will expose the flaw to see the ‘diamond’ in you. Or, would you rather choose to turn a blind eye, and not act, and remain ordinary like a ‘pebble’ amongst the infinitely many? To be aware of flaw is the first step in realizing that your worth is more than the ordinary, and that stupidity of the pebble is your motivator.
If you believe fundamentally that we are an entity of two (2) halves (ie. spirit, and physical), then it can only be true that destiny cannot be fulfilled by spiritual will alone. The physical part of you must act on the will to effect the change intended. “It takes two to tango”, taking awareness by the hand, and dance to the tune of your desire to realise it. No action means no life experience. No experience means no relationship with existence. No relationship means no life story. No story means no validation of your existence. Thus, like a pebble lying on the bottom of the river bed amongst the infinitely many with no future, no destiny.
Neale Donald Walsch said in his recent tweet, “You will return to Heaven whether you have loved God in the right way or not. There is no place else to go”. And I tweeted, “We better not return empty handed”.
Character flaws are deceptions. They are not the primary target to the cause of our “crusade”. Deceptions are undefeatable as they will survive under the perpetual protection of pride. Pride is the main target, and enemy within that we must defeat. Confucius saw that by mentioning the flawless pebble which makes the reference to man who sees himself too perfect to realise that he is only a “pebble”. Blinded by the shroud of pride. Infact, the pebble, and diamond are the same entity wherein the quality they each hold is separated only by ego.
The diamond is the wake of a convergence that unveils the expanse of awareness when existence looks back upon you as you are doing the same to have a better view of it from lowering the pride window. How little Confucius had say about something that has so much lingering meaning. He must have woken up from an epiphany. Yet, not devoid from a subtle conundrum hidden between the words is the inevitable role of pride. The unsaid is for man to contemplate in his search for answers. After two (2) long, and a rather exhausting write-up, I’ve come to this;
“Do the bidding of your spirit without pride protecting the deception of your flaw”
“Don’t allow emotion to stray. Nurture it with love to prevent build up, and invasion of character flaw. Without flaw to deceive you, cyclical mistakes will end, and heaven’s gate will open unto you”
“The distance between you, and God is a separation measured only by ego”