Strive to become stronger without rest (自强不息)
29 X 60cm in Regular Script (楷書)
The phrase originated from I Ching (or Book of Change, 易經), which is one of the oldest Chinese classics with a history of over 2600 years (1). It is part of the phrase "天行健，君子以自强不息。", which roughly translates to "As the Heaven and Nature changes perpetually with great ferocity, an honorable and noble person must strive to become stronger without rest".
"Strive to become stronger without rest".
(translated by KS Vincent Poon, Oct . 2015)
Ernest Hemingway once said: “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” It is important to remind ourselves that we should not be complacent with our current self, no matter how successful you already are. Complacency and conceit can lead to failures and lost opportunities, which sometimes result in irreversible catastrophes as stated in my other calligraphic work, "The Sea"
However, in the new education system where student accommodations (wherein teachers are expected to yield to every student demands) are common and stressed upon, the spirit of self improvement and self refection are not developed in students sufficiently. Over-accommodation diminishes the possibilities for self improvement, and tends to teach students to avoid problems rather than to face and overcome them. How then can they defeat their former self and become noble persons with good character? A question that always bothers my mind.
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