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Children's Art Exhibition 2022

Theme 4:

上善若水, 水善不争

Water That Embraces and Transforms

“水善利万物而不争,处众人之所恶,故几于道。居善地,心善渊,与善仁,言善信,政善治,事善能,动善时,夫唯不争,故无尤。” 老子,《道德经》

 

水善于滋润万物而不与万物相争,不介意停留在众人都不喜欢的地方,所以水的状态最接近“道”。

 

最善的人,善于选择所居之处,心胸善于保持沉静,待人真诚、友爱和无私,善于恪守信用,为政善于精简处理,善于发挥所长,善于把握良机。

 

最善的人有不争的美德,所以不常犯错,也不埋怨他人。我们应该学习水的谦卑、坚韧、大善、不争。

 

要传达这样的善意给孩子,我们唯一能做的,就是时时处于善之中。 让老师能安静的照顾孩子,让老师能看见孩子的善良和美好,让师生关系处于不争的状态,就是呈现上善若水的最好方法。孩子在这样的环境中生活和学习,自然就能创作出善良美好的艺术品。

 

“The supreme good is like water, which nourishes all things without trying to. It is content with the low places that people disdain. Thus, it is like the ‘Tao’.

 

In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don’t try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.

 

When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.”

 

- Lao Tzu, Dao De Jing

 

The best people do not contend with others. Thus, they do not make mistakes often and they do not blame others. Water has no form but has all forms. We should learn from water to be humble, tolerant, consistent, and non-controversial.

 

To convey such virtues to our children is to convey kindness all the time. We allow teachers to take care of children quietly, to see the kindness and beauty of each child, and to build a positive student-teacher relationship. Children who live and learn in such an environment will naturally be able to create kind and beautiful works of art.

Exhibits belonging to Theme 4

Exhibit 8 @ Area 3

无形之水

The Formless Water

Water has no form but has all forms; water has no substance but can contain all things.

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Exhibit 14 @ Area 4

摇一摇

Shake It

Shake to feel the changes in the water.

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Exhibit 11 @ Area 3

飞舞的树叶

The Dancing Leaves

Leaves dancing in the wind all year round.

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