Jianyu Wang – Master in Management 2021. IE Business School.
Fragment from the works of Chinese philosopher Mencius (孟子 Mengzi), (372–289 BC or 385–303 or 302 BC)
Mencius: Fish Is Something That I Desire Fish, I desire it; bear’s paw, I also desire it. If I cannot have them both, I will give up the fish in favor of the bear’s paw. Life, I desire it, virtue, I also desire it. If I cannot have them both, I will give up life in favor of virtue. Life is something that I desire, but I have a greater desire for something other than life, so I will not betray my principles. Death is something that I loathe, but I have a greater loathing for something other than death, so when faced with death I will not always flee. If a person does not have a desire that is greater than the desire for life, what prevents one from using any means to survive? If a person does not have a loathing that is greater than the loathing of death, what prevents one from using any means to flee death? There are ways to survive, but some do not use them; there are ways to avoid death, but some will not do that. This is because they have things that they desire more than life, they have things that they loathe more than death. Worthy people are not the only ones who have those values, all people have them, but only the worthy ones managed to act without losing those values