Humans one with Heaven

July 7, 2008

He (Donghak) even went further to say that “human beings are Heaven, and Heaven is Human beings.  Heaven does not exist outside human beings, and human beings do not exist outside Heaven.  Here, Choe identified humankind with Heaven and imbued humanity with the dignity of Heaven.   (Genesis 1.26)

He claimed that because humans are one with Heaven, we mus serve others as if they are Heaven,” saying that prejudices such as the discrimination in the social status system which values sons of wives over sons of concubines and yangban over common people went against Heaven’s will.

Korean Philosophy its Tradition and Modern Transformation (p. 413-14)

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