Heaven is my Father and Earth is my Mother,
and even such a small creature as I
finds intimate shelter in their embrace.
Therefore, that which fills the universe
I regard as my own body,
and that which directs the universe
I consider as my own nature.
All people are my brothers and sisters,
and all things are my companions.
Heavily edited English translation of the Western Inscription by 11th century Neo-Confucian Chinese philosopher Zhāng Zǎi / Chang Tsai / 張載 1020-1077
- Chang Tsai – Neoconfucian philosopher (pantheism.net)
- Zhang Zai (Chang Tsai) | Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (utm.edu)
- Illustration of 11th century Taoist scholar Chang Tsai. Source: Wikipedia, Public Domain, Link