Thursday, November 18, 2010

Lineage and Confucius

I came across a site that applied Confucius' teachings to blogging. For those of you who don't know who Confucius is, he was a famous Chinese thinker and social philosopher of the Spring and Autumn period. Read more here. He died more than 2500 years ago, so if you wanted to ask him some questions, you will have to wait until you're in heaven.

His teachings are very interesting. So interesting that I decided to apply his teachings to Lineage - but they can be applied to every day lifeToday I am only going to share a few with you. If you want to learn more, I encourage you to google Confucius.

On a side note, a book I'd also like to recommend is Sun Tzu's The Art of War. This book has many translations and is one of the most famous books ever written. It is about strategies and the principles of war but they are also applied to every day life like business, social settings, military, etc.

Anyways, on to Confucius' teachings applied to Lineage:

1) Learning without Thinking is useless. Thinking without Learning is dangerous.

An example would be that when you enter a dungeon there are many monsters waiting for you. With all the monsters attacking you, it would be too much for you to handle and you will end up using many pots and possibly not kill all the monsters and the extreme case you end up dead. So you go back and get more pots and do the same thing over and over.

By using the environment around you, you can try to find a 1 vs 1 spot or a 1 vs 3 spot to minimize the damage done to you. The point is to learn from your mistakes and to use the environment and resources around you instead of attacking head on.

2) Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.

This is not the exact translation but the gist of the idea is relevant. The idea here or what I got is that not everyone will agree with you or see things the way you see things. You cannot please everyone but however, that does NOT mean that you should write them off because sometimes people who may not agree with you but have wisdom and knowledge that you could learn from.

3) When anger rises, think of the consequences

Sometimes, Lineage is frustrating. The people you deal with are frustrating. Hell, I even get frustrated all the time and this is one of my many weaknesses. However, at the end you cannot control anybody but yourself.

When you get angry, you lose rational thought and unfortunate things happen. I remember once my friend told me someone he knew got frustrated with Lineage and decided to go on a blowing spree. In the end, that person regret all the hard work they put into their character and eventually quit. The point here is to make sound decisions. Don't make a decision without thinking.

4) Respect yourself and others will respect you

Well, this one is pretty straight forward. Don't be smug. Don't show off. Don't be arrogant. You may be happy when you get that shiny new toy but don't brag to the world. You can tell your friends who are likely to congratulate you. But when you show off to the world, you don't know the people who don't like you. They may use what you told them against you because maybe they are jealous or maybe they just don't like your attitude. On a side note, Karma is a bitch.

When others see the good qualities in you, they will respect you. You may ask, why does this matter? It's a game. Well. I believe that your in game personality reflects who you are in the real world. People will want to learn from you and admire your good qualities. Sometimes, even ignore your flaws. However, if you're arrogant, smug, a show off - people only remember these things. The key here is to be confident but not smug or arrogant. If you don't know something, figure it out or find out about it and share your knowledge when others ask you about it.

5)  I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.

Lineage was a pretty tough game back then before the 52+ polymorphs. Now with double experience below level 50, noob TOS, Tikal's prison update - leveling is easy now. All it takes is dedication, hard work and committment. You can learn and get tips from many sources as well as other people in the game, but you need to apply what you learn otherwise they will only be a theory.


Damn, it felt like I wrote a whole damn essay. Today I try to apply not just Confucius' teachings but everything that I learned in life to my own life. Some things are hard to follow like showing off but the whole point of all this is about humility. Thanks for reading.



  1. Damn, that's deep... Btw, can you apply some of the Art of War in SC2 so you can stop getting your butt kicked? :P

  2. Yes i have Read it all

  3. It is funny how different ppl get different things from the same statement, example statement 1 I don't take anything about learning from your mistakes from it, example I would give of learning w/o thinking would be learning mr/ele resist system but not thinking of way to maximize ele resist w/o lowering mr below 100, you learn but do not think of way to apply. Thinking without learning more ooo ele resist, i'll max that out! And drop Mr to 50 in the process... in this way thinking without learning is dangerous, whereas learning wwithout thinking is just pointless

  4. Pyros. Thanks for reading and providing an example. However, different people have different perspectives and the situations may be different from person to person. As for learning from your mistakes, in the beginning we have to start somewhere and from there we learn. Before you knew about which MR to raise, you had to be attacked by a mop that does magic damage. Before you knew about which elemental damage to raise, you had to be hit by that elemental line. OR you looked up sites to find out what line or dmg the mops did but the people who put up that info had to test it out. It's basically learning through trial and error.

  5. Regardless of the examples or situations given. The main basic point is the two go together, not separate - Learning without Thinking is useless. Thinking without Learning is dangerous.

  6. I think you misunderstand me, not saying your point is invalid, more that it is funny that 2 people looking at something can interpret it differently.... take a spider web, one person could see a spider web and see the symmetrical lines and beauty in it and another could see a cruel death trap... both are valid and true, albeit significantly different.

    Although I will say I don't see where you get learning from experience from the relationship between learning and thinking, but like I said one sees the beauty the other sees the trap

  7. Pyros, its so awesome to have an intellectual debate rather than flaming each other. Please don't interpret what I say as anything negative (it may come across that way sometimes because I am pretty blunt).

    As for the "learning from experience" part. You learn through other people mistakes, your mistakes and you rationalize and think about what you can do better than someone else or to improve your game. This is where you learn from experience.