Gulong is a genius and a prodigal son. He is extremely sensitive, but he dares say and dares to do, truly speaking out his mind. If we retrospect ourselves, will we find that we are the same as him on the flight from reality? But we are far from Gu Long’s genius and sensitivity and lack the courage to introspect. In fact, we can’t refrain from the temptation of wine, food, beauty, and music. Aren’t we also escaping from endless troubles and pain, but we ourselves don’t realize or daren’t to say it out. We try to throw off poverty and free ourselves from the fate of being despised. We are busy on the road to success every day, eager for success, yearning for wealth, longing for a better life than others, and enjoying the pleasure of being superior to others. On this road to success, the more you go, the more pressure you have, the more pressure, and the more troubles. We always wash them down with wine, beauty, food, and song. Fortunately, we finally succeeded, indulging more in wine, beauty, food, and song and gaining more intoxicated. We can’t leave them. Without them, our life immediately lost luster and became dull and bland. We can’t live without the nightlife of the city. We can’t adapt to the tranquility and insipidity of the countryside and can’t experience loneliness and solitude. We can’t even sit alone. As long as we sit alone, emptiness, boredom, troubles, and pain immediately blot out all around us. Therefore, we can only continue to rush on the road to pursue more success and get more wins. We fill ourselves with more pleasure, enjoy more entertainment, and forget the trouble and pain of life in the pleasure until the day we can’t pursue and enjoy.This is the simplest and most direct way to release the trouble and pain. It does not need the strict discipline of Buddhism nor the brotherly love of Christian who cost all their money. It only needs to pursue success and enjoy ourselves until death. This is our real secular life and genuine worldly life.
Of course, here, I dramatize the lives of some big people in our secular society who pursue fame and wealth and whose material desires flow everywhere.In fact, their lives have nothing to do with most of us. We ordinary people just live plain small days, day by day, abide by the ancient virtues of the Chinese people, support our families, respect the old and help the young. We have not read the “Four Books and The Five Classics”, do not understand the moral philosophy, and never know the contents of the Bible. Still, we have the traditional moral virtues flowing on this yellow land that comes from the depths of our hearts, subconsciousness, and the universe. In fact, these virtues also lie in every corner of the world and every society. For example, in the following chapters, we will discuss the moral philosophy of Aristotle in ancient Greece, which is far away from China. Aristotle’s philosophy also comes from the traditional virtue in the polytheistic society of ancient Greece and is also the moral code observed by most ordinary people. Aristotle believes that life is the golden mean and nothing can be excessive. How simple, familiar, and kind is it! Because what Aristotle said is also the common view of our society and the whole of humans. Life is painful in essence, but God has also granted us wine, food, and song. Why not drink a bit, eat a few delicious foods, listen to some ditty and enjoy our little life? As long as we are not in excess and don’t indulge in it. But for most of us, the pressure of supporting our family makes us impossible to live in that.