开物成务 – Chinese philosophy and culture

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kāiwù-chénɡwù 开物成务

Understand Things and Succeed in One’s Endeavors

揭示事物的真相并据以做成事情。“开物”即揭开事物真相,弄清事物的内在联系和规律;“成务”即根据事物的内在联系和规律,确定适当方法,把事情做好做成。这是古人从《周易》的变化规律及社会功用中所悟出的认识世界、改造世界、服务自身的思想方法和行动纲领,蕴含着朴素的科学精神。

This term means to find out the truth of things, and act accordingly to succeed in what one does. Kaiwu (开物) means to reveal the truth of things and understand their intrinsic relations and rules. Chengwu (成务) means to use proper methods to do things successfully according to their intrinsic relations and rules. This was a perception and guide to action that the ancient Chinese learned from The Book of Changes and everyday life, which they used to understand the world, change the world, and serve themselves. This concept represents a fundamental principle of social science.

引例 Citation:

◎夫《易》,开物成务,冒天下之道,如斯而已者也。(《周易·系辞上》)

(《周易》这本书,旨在揭示万物真相,确定行事原则并做好事情,总括天下万物的基本法则,如此而已。)

The Book of Changes aims to reveal the truth of all things on earth, point out how to handle affairs, and do them right. It covers the basic rules governing all things on earth. (The Book of Changes)

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