Time brings a great change to the world. With technology’s daily fast development, substance brings forth the fresh at every single moment. A richly decorated crystal and jade palace today will all flutter away like a passing cloud one day. Only the eternal history and culture, passed down by hundreds of generations through the precipitation of words and characters. Over those countless springs and autumns, classics emerged with wisdom were invisibly carved into fabulous Chinese characters, long and new.
At this new noisy age, let’s walk on a new road to talk about “静-Stillness and quietness” today.
Over the long history of Character development, there was not a big change of “静”, remaining with a left part of “青-cyan” and a right half of “争-strive, compete, fight”. There was an interesting saying that the two-characters word “清净-the cleanness and clearness of water” will be “静” when the water part is removed from each of them. Calm like water, it could be a mirror reflecting all things on the planet. What a heartsease and harmony with the rest of the world it describes! But, why this “静-Stillness and quietness” is of half of “争-strive, compete, fight”?
“青-cyan” implying a meaning of the east and spring, is the color of new growing plants. An old version of “争” vividly draws an image of two hands dragging one thing toward two opposite directions, implying strive, compete and fight against each other. Profoundly, ancestors borrowed the nascent vitality of vegetation into a metaphor of how to steadily eliminate distractions, following the original intentional heart, getting the desired ending through this “静”. Putting simple characters of “青” and “争” together reflects profound philosophy: Dynamic and static are two states of things. Stillness gets birth out of the dynamic state, and they transform mutually into each other. Without dynamic reference, there can be no static existence.
As here we are talking about the dynamic and static states, it relates to one point connecting to Einstein's theory of "Relativity": the speed of light is the limit speed of the three-dimensional world. The Scale Reduction and Clock Slowness effects show that as long as anything reaches the speed of light, it slows down the time to a speed of 0. It can be assumed that things moving at the speed of light are relatively static for all surrounding objects that also move at the speed of light.
Stillness and quietness in the static state are relative.
When a bus runs on the street, we feel it is too fast to catch. But if we are on the bus, we cannot feel it’s moving at a steady speed if we do not look outside.
When a flower blooms quietly, the time of a universe of flowers is used up.
When seeds germinate, it is in quietness without anyone’s notice.
In our body, all cells and organs are changing and replacing at every moment, quietly and inevitably.
We live on the earth, although our Mother Earth rotates at a speed of four hundred and sixty-six meters per second at the equator, we cannot feel it, neither talk about the orbital speed of the earth around the sun of approximately 107,000 kilometers per hour.
All important processes of life happen slowly in a quiet static status. Humans come into this world, bringing their own spirit to combine with the fertilized egg, and then returning back to the universe, it is all in the same quietness. All the processes of human growth happen slowly and silently. No one can go from one year old to twenty years old quickly and soundly...
But, life develops in quietness and statics.
In the quiet blooming, flowers flow out the gorgeous colors and the intoxicating fragrance.
In the quiet germinating, seeds burst out the unstoppable breaking-ground rising force.
With all the quiet metabolisms, the human body grows taller and stronger, while the human thoughts and spirits are growing wider, deeper, higher, and thicker.
The earth absorbs and emits light and heat in her rotation and revolution between the sun and moon, among the universe, so as to sustain her own living system and provide the energy and material base on which everything depends. The earth, like a loving mother, nourishes the development of human beings, and what dominates this motherly love is her active beating heart with big love, under her quiet and calm appearance.
The “争-fight, strive, contend” in “静-Stillness and quietness” is actually telling that there is a big movement and change undergoing in the quietness and calmness. It is reminding us to experience the power in the quietness and calmness, and the power of life from the things that constantly move and change us.
When we are sincere and calm with peace and love in heart, we will always discover the beauty of life.
When we can always discover the beauty of life, we can peacefully handle businesses, corporations, organizations, societies, and even global economic, and political matters.