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Separate Whole

Sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t?  The title, I mean.

Where I’m going with that title has to do with the concept of the whole person.  Whole as in all of something or someone.

Now, a lot goes into making up each one of us as human beings.  Obviously, there’s the physical characteristics and the directly related genetics of our being.  Also, of course, there’s the spiritual side of the whole picture that makes up each one of us.  Each of us can be very different regarding each of those elements of our being.

Interestingly, though, Confucius makes an observation about mankind that should be considered as part of the whole being, also.  His comment has to do with human nature and our individual habits.

Implied in the words, human nature, is a sameness.  The words clearly suggest that our nature as human beings tends to be similar.  Regardless, our nature is a critical part of our whole being for each of us.  On the other hand, how many people do you know that have the exact same habits as you do?  My guess is none!

The key point Confucius makes about our nature and habits is best shown in his own words.  “Men’s natures are alike; it is their habits that separate them.”

So, even though habits are a part of each of us as a whole person they are a key characteristic that separates each of us from the whole of humanity.  If you want to excel as a part of the whole of humanity, you must separate yourself from that whole through the singular habits you practice.

You will distinguish yourself as a separate and successful whole within the whole of humanity.

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