Earth -human -heaven

On the one hand, people have a physical body that needs to be fed from the fruits of the Earth, just as all animals and living things do. On the other hand, people possess a connection to Heaven, which requires a different type of nourishment. This gives them the wonder of human consciousness and the human spirit. As well as taking care of the body, the writers of the Nei Jing emphasised the idea that the health of the human spirit is central to people’s passage through life. They must strive to cultivate their connection with Heaven in order to fulfil their destiny ( ming ). The Huainanzi sums up the Han dynasty Daoist view: Heaven is calm and clear, Earth is stable and peaceful. Beings who lose these qualities die, while those who emulate them live. (Cleary, 2000, p. 24)

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