Cangjie was sent down to China from the heavens to create Chinese writing, he was born with four eyes. This portrait of Cangjie is an 18th century painting held in the National Library of France. (Public domain, combination image compiled by Epoch Times)Cangjie was sent down to China from the heavens to create Chinese writing, he was born with four eyes. This portrait of Cangjie is an 18th century painting held in the National Library of France. (Public domain, combination image compiled by Epoch Times)

Perhaps you currently have someone who is in conflict with your own interests, and you refer to him or her as your enemy. You may be surprised to learn the hidden meaning in the Chinese character 仇 (chou), meaning hatred, enmity, or enemy.

On the left side is the radical 亻, which refers to man. When seeing this radical in a Chinese character, even illiterate people could guess that it relates to a human.

On the right side is 九. This radical doubles as a full character meaning the number nine, but sometimes it refers to a general term for plentiful or numerous.

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In Oracle bone script, the earliest ancient Chinese writing, the character 九 represents a force pushing upwards:

Thus the meaning of the character 仇, enemy, is a person who helps uplift you to higher levels.

People around us all have different moral standards, and we recognize a person with a higher moral level as a good person. During a conflict with an enemy, if a person handles the situation well, he or she can become a better person in the process.

Both Eastern and Western cultures believe that if a good person keeps improving and uplifting himself, becoming a better and better person, he or she can go to heaven and become a heavenly being.

Legend has it that when Cangjie created Chinese writing 5,000 years ago, heavenly secrets were revealed. It was so moving that the deities and spirits cried, and their tears dropped like millet from the heavens.

 After learning the secret in this Chinese character, we can also understand why Jesus, living in the Middle East 2,000 years ago, told his disciples to love their enemies, though he did not explain the reason.

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Cangjie was sent down to China from the heavens to create Chinese writing, he was born with four eyes. This portrait of Cangjie is an 18th century painting held in the National Library of France. (Public domain, combination image compiled by Epoch Times)Cangjie was sent down to China from the heavens to create Chinese writing, he was born with four eyes. This portrait of Cangjie is an 18th century painting held in the National Library of France. (Public domain, combination image compiled by Epoch Times)

The Chinese character 習 (xi) means learning or practicing. In Oracle bone script, the earliest ancient Chinese writing, it is written like this:xi

There are two feathers on the top, representing the two wings of a bird flying. Underneath is the sun, referring to the bird practicing flying in the sky.

A baby hawk does not fly well yet, so it needs to keep practicing and strengthening its wings before it becomes a high-flying hawk.

When Cangjie, the inventor of Chinese writing, created this character, he passed on a message to us at the same time: in learning anything, we need to keep practicing until we master it and reach perfection.

The upper part of 習 is the independent character 羽, meaning feather. The lower part is another independent character, 白, meaning white and brightness, symbolizing the sun beaming with rays.

Thus, the character 習 brings us a vivid image of a bird flapping its wings, practicing flying under the full sun in the sky.

A bird flies in the sky at sunset. (Fotolia)

A bird flies in the sky at sunset. (Fotolia)

Chinese leader Xi Jinping bears this Xi as his surname. However, the simplified version of the character, 习 (xi), which is used in mainland China, only has one piece of feather left.

Though Xi and his father were both advocates of traditional Chinese culture, they still could not keep the legacy of their ancestors intact.

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Cangjie was sent down to China from the heavens to create Chinese writing, he was born with four eyes. This portrait of Cangjie is an 18th century painting held in the National Library of France. (Public domain, combination image compiled by Epoch Times)Cangjie was sent down to China from the heavens to create Chinese writing, he was born with four eyes. This portrait of Cangjie is an 18th century painting held in the National Library of France. (Public domain, combination image compiled by Epoch Times)

One of the Chinese characters I like most is 安 (an), which refers to safety, peace, serenity, comfort, and consolation.

安 (an) is simple, but it has philosophy within. It brings resonance to people from all backgrounds and cultures.

In the lower part of the character sits a female, the character 女, in a traditional Chinese kneeling and sitting posture. The upper part is the radical 宀, symbolizing the roof of a house.

The woman is sitting comfortably in her own home. Perhaps that is the moment when she feels safest and most serene.

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The image on the left is the Chinese Character 安 (an) in oracle bone script.
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However old we are, when we recall coming home from school in our childhood, we remember Mom at home awaiting our return. It was a comforting image that gave us peace of mind.

In the character 安 (an) written in oracle bone script, we see the classic posture and demeanor of a woman in the eyes of ancient Chinese people, with both hands resting on the knees, transmitting peace and a message of ease.

Modern Chinese women, however, carry a very different disposition and bearing. If Cangjie, the inventor of Chinese script, were still alive, I don’t know how he would describe a woman.

The theory of equality for both sexes went to the extreme in China after the communists took power.

Through systematic job assignments all controlled by the government, women have been forced to pick up professions which were traditionally dominated by men, such as butchering, mining, construction work, and truck driving, to name a few. The workloads of these jobs have far exceeded women’s natural abilities, both physically and mentally.

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