The background of GeWu ZhiZhi- Investigating the nature of things to obtain knowledge:
As an important concept in ancient Chinese Confucianism, it is a theory dedicated to the study of the truth of things, which originated from the eight steps(GeWu, ZhiZhi, ChengYi, ZhengXin, XiuShen, QiJia, ZhiGuo PingTianXia) of individual moral cultivation, self country governance in the Book of Rites – the Great Learning.
GeWu—to investigate the nature of things
ZhiZhi—to acquire knowledge
ChengYi—to be honest, no cheating to others oneself
ZhengXin—to be fair
XiuShen—to cultivate the moral self
QiJia—to regulate the family
ZhiGuo—to maintain the state rightly
PingTianXai— make all peaceful
The meaning of GeWu ZhiZhi “Those who wish to be true to their intentions will know it first. To know the thing is based on investigating the nature of things. Knowledge comes after investigating, then to be honest” – to acquire knowledge by investigating the nature of things.
“GeWu”/ “ZhiZhi”/ “RuiSi”/ “JinQu”—-Our expectations of students
GeWu: to investigate the nature of things
ZhiZhi: to acquire knowledge
RuiSi: to explore inner-self think in a wise far-sighted way
JinQu: to work hard make a difference