智慧之巔 - 人工智能
Pinnacle of Wisdom - Artificial Intelligence
An Era of Dazzling Skills - The Fantasies of the Divine Turtle Sage
Turtles have held a revered position in Chinese history. During the Yin Dynasty, diviners used to predict fortunes by roasting turtle shells and recording hexagrams on their backs, marking the earliest form of oracle bone script.
Turtles, dragons, phoenixes, and qilins are known as the Four Divine Beasts. The Xuanwu, or Black Tortoise, is one of the ancient Four Holy Beasts, alongside the Azure Dragon, White Tiger, and Vermilion Bird.
In legend, a divine turtle appeared in the Luo River, bearing a pattern on its shell: "Wear nine and step one, three on the left and seven on the right, two and four on the shoulders, six and eight on the feet, with five in the center." King Wen of Zhou Dynasty, by deciphering the divination on the turtle shell, derived the "Luoshu," still used in Feng Shui today. In the original I Ching source, the Luoshu is referred to as the Turtle Book.
During the Warring States period, turtles were used as symbols on banners and flags to direct the movements of generals, as mentioned in the "Book of Rites: Lüyun."
In the "Shan Hai Jing," turtles were seen as mythical creatures symbolizing longevity.
Cao Cao was one of the masters at incorporating the divine turtle into literary works, displaying remarkable skill. The poem is called “Longevity of Turtles” 《龜雖壽》which has been widely circulated and become a master piece.
My friends all know of my passion for the Jian'an literature of the Cao Wei era. In the tumultuous Three Kingdoms era, despite the hardships faced by the people due to warfare, a wealth of literary masterpieces emerged, forming the renowned Jian'an literary style.
Cao Cao was the leader and pioneer of Jian'an literature. He excelled in both military strategy and literature, setting himself apart. In the "Book of Wei: Biography of Xun Yu," it is said, "He achieved military success on the outside and promoted literature on the inside."
He subverted the conventions of Confucianism and classical literary forms, creating a unique literary style. Unconstrained by traditional Confucian thought, he emphasized realism, focused on intellectual and emotional expression, and followed the spirit of "emerging from events" seen in Yuefu folk songs. His personality was distinct, and his spirit was resolute.
“Though the Tortoise Lives Long”
Author : Cao Cao
Though the tortoise has a long life, it still has its time.
Though the winged serpents rides on the fog, and it turns into dust and ashes in the end.
An old war-horse may be stabled; yet still it longs to gallop a thousand miles.
A noble-hearted man though advanced in years, he never abandons his proud aspirations.
The length of a person's lifespan is not entirely determined by the god alone.
As long as one maintains physical and mental health, one can prolong life and have eternal life.
Cao Cao used a metaphor by stating an old war-horse though staying in the stables, it still thinks to run for a thousand miles. He expressed confident and disbelief in the destiny, and wouldn’t stop any lofty ambitions because of old age, as long as keeping physical and mental health well.
This provides me a lot of insights on longevity, and this great wisdom was expressed by Cao Cao nearly 2000 years ago.
We are facing a lot of challenges in an ageing society; age technology and gerontechnology become so important for healthy longevity. A stand-alone or combination of advanced technology (AI, robotics whatever you name it), could help designing models and increasing autonomy of aged people, so everyone can age healthily and happily at home, at society and at anywhere
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