370-319 BCE • China
The Confucian scholar Mencius counseled King Hui of Liang: "Plant your crops according to the changes of season, you will have more food than you want; limit the size of the holes in your net, you will have more fish than you want; bide your time to fell the trees, you will have more fuelwood than you want." The Confucian scholars Mencius and Zi Si (Tsu-Ssu) developed the idea that humankind and nature were inseparable (tian ren he yi),and suggested that tian, ecompassing the sky, God, and nature, was superior to humans.
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