Wednesday, December 06, 2006

天地人: 策略概念 / Strategic Thinking: Heaven Earth People

在中國的歷史中,天地人,就是古代時期,上至君臣,下到庶民,他們所看到的整個世界及其定義。我前数天把這個舊的封建覌念,解釋給在加拿大長大的同事聽,他們聽後,大感興趣,認為今時今日的西方社会,仍可向中國歷史借鏡,應用「天地人」的原理,作為辦事之基本方法。他們所說的,当然不是拜天拜地的迷盲信仰,而是從天時、地利、人和的系統化策略角度來看。這也不是第一次我的同事,对中國的策略有接觸和認同。如果您到這裡的英文書局,在商業管理一欄看看,單是【孫子兵法】一書,就有不同的翻譯版本和作者,將這二千五百多年前的戰策,加以分析、研究、和應用。不過,無論是讀什麽書, 紅楼夢、鏡花緣、孫子兵法、武林秘笈、達摩禪修等,讀是一回事,真真正正能夠領悟到真理的人,就真是寥寥可数了。正如孫子在公元前五百多年說:『聲不過五,五聲之變,不可勝聽也。色不過五,五色之變, 不可勝覌也。』這就是為什麼,同樣的音調和顏色,在凡人手中,總是兒科音樂,塗鴉之作,但同樣的五音五色,在樂聖畫聖的手中,就成為朽世傑作!同事朋友們, 學無止境,数千年的歷史文化,我們還是要努力去深造,領悟其中奧妙!

12 comments:

浮山岭 said...

早就知道孙子兵法在国外受重视,以前还觉得自豪,现在慢慢觉得,这不能说明中国人厉害,而是说明外国人厉害。西方就是有这种传统,抓住一个经典,就持之以恒地研究、发挥下去。圣经,希腊神话,欧氏几何等等,研究了几千年,还在继续研究。他们开始重视其它文化的经典和成果,那不是更不得了?都说中国文化包容性强,其实西方更不弱。

xiao zhu said...

"To value the difference." I started to grasp this idea seriously since 1996. To practice, definitely not easy, but as long as it is the right way, I'll keep reminding myself to persist.

Chinese people have not somehow taken the full advantage of the thousands of years of civilization to improve. Sometimes it really hurts when I see our good things being ruined by our own people, or the other way round, being treasured and even better developed by foreigners. What a pity!

As time goes by, I learn to adopt a universal view. It makes no difference to me which country wins most gold medals. For me, everyboidy is the same. While there is cultural difference, human nature will just mostly the same.

Kineyi said...

中國的哲理智慧高深,窮一生精力也只知皮毛。HAircot,知你有否相同感受,年輕時總覺得中國的傳统思想很老土、過時,人長大了,閱歷多了,方始明白箇中真諦,中庸之道就是一例。以前我最鄙棄中庸,愛慕西方比天高。中庸是無性格,而是講求平衡,balance of life就是現代人失去的。

Xiao zhu
"Sometimes it really hurts when I see our good things being ruined by our own people, or the other way round, being treasured and even better developed by foreigners. What a pity!"
Same view. It's very upset to see the guys in China/ HK pull down the historucal buildings and western/modern skyscrapers instead.

微豆 said...

浮山岭: 現代世界經濟競爭,先進的國家,都以「知識」來作其內燃机,高級科技,商業管理,行政策劃,國際事務等,都要精益求精,取他人之長,加工硏究,取得競爭有利之地位。我同意,不論任何國家,都不能苟且偷安,自滿而不自進。

微豆 said...

Xiao Zhu: Thanks for your visit and comments. It is true that some people see differences as bad and they do not value diverse opinions. I always believe people can agree to disagree and still remain friends :)

Yes, the Chinese people should take full advantage of the country's rich civilization. Some treasures once ruined can never be recovered or replaced.

微豆 said...

Kineyi: 我是讀英中,中庸等古書,不在課程範圍之內,故沒有机会明白箇中真諦,但 balance of life 在今日的社会就需要了。我也有自讀三字經丶西遊記丶鏡花緣丶水滸傳等,但如您說,也有「窮一生精力也只知皮毛」之同感。

Eden said...

中国的三本书 : 「孙子兵法」, 「三国演义」, 「红楼梦」

hee, i've not completed reading any of these ...

My mandarin business instructor mentioned that in China, there's even a dept in university which studies in-depth into「红楼梦」, exploring the relationships, the way people converse, etc. wow!

微豆 said...

Eden: You could probably buy a modernized version of 孙子兵法 and read it in half-a-day or less. But I would suggest the strategy will take a life-time to digest, understand and apply.

Your instructor is right. 红楼梦 has been a subject of study to the extent that the term 紅學 now denotes the study of that classic. Talking abt relationships, apparently someone counted almost 600 characters in the story!!!

Eden said...

U r right. She mentioned that Singapore don't have 紅學! =)

Wow, 600 characters! amazing!

微豆 said...

Eden: Well, 600 characters plus or minus. But still, that is a lot of characters in a story, compared to those written by other masters such as Shakespeare.

Eden said...

Indeed.

Recently, the teacher gave us an extract from 孙子兵法 for reading. Well, i happened to be absent for this class so when i try to read it on my own, i had a hard time understanding what i'm reading! Of course, b'coz my mandarin is not good too hee ...

Then at the next class, the teacher gave me a simplified version of the extract! haha ... phew ...

微豆 said...

Eden: It is hard to read the original 孙子兵法 manuscript which was written in the old Chinese style. I am glad you were able to have a better understanding of it the next class :) So, what is the course about? Is it the application of 孙子兵法 to the business world or something more general?

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