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威斯特敏斯特大教堂地下室的墓碑林,一块名扬世界的无名墓碑

2014年05月15日

When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits, I dreamed of changing the world. As I grew older and wiser, I discovered the world would not change,so I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change only my country.

But it, too, seemed immovable.

As I grew into my twilight years, in one last desperate attempt, I settled for changing only my family, those closest to me, but alas, they would have none of it.

And now as I lie on my deathbed, I suddenly realize: If I had only changed my self first, then by example I would have changed my family.

From their inspiration and encouragement, I would then have been able to better my country and, who knows, I may have even changed the world.

《礼记·大学》曰:

古之欲明明德于天下者,先治其国;欲治其国者,先齐其家; 欲齐其家者,先修其身;欲修其身者,先正其心;欲正其心者, 先诚其意;欲诚其意者,先致其知;致知在格物;物格而后知至;知至而后意诚;意诚而后心正;心正而后身修;身修而后家齐;家齐而后国治;国治而后天下平。

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