Jung Shin Tong Il - Concentration of Mind, Body, Spirit, and Emotion

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A spirit with a vision, is a dream with a mission

A person may have strength, but without the mind, he can not learn beyond simple things and is a brute flailing about. A person may have strength and mind, but without spirit, he has no desire to do more than is necessary, and exists only at the level of subsistence. A person with mind, body, and spirit may be capable of tremendous accomplishment, but without emotion, may care only for himself and become a bully or tyrant. History is also filled with strong, compassionate, intelligent, and determined people who have made great works for the betterment of others. There are also the rare individuals who are able to use the concentration of these abilities to make up for the lack of one of these capabilities.

A person may have strength, but without the mind, he can not learn beyond simple things and is a brute flailing about. It is only through the mind that he learns and improves beyond the most primitive activities. Many animals have tremendous brute strength. The elephant has great strength, but it is incapable of creating art, cultivating its own food, or developing culture.

A person may have strength and mind, but without spirit, he has no desire to do more than is necessary, and exists only at the level of subsistence. There are millions perhaps billions of strong and intelligent people who never achieve anything in their lives. It is only through the spirit that he develops determination and desire to do more than is necessary. When I was growing up, I knew one of the most intelligent people in my school. He excelled at all things academic and he was a talented musician. He had no spirit though, and started talking drugs. He ended up in a car wreck that crippled him and caused him massive amounts of brain damage.

A person with mind, body, and spirit may be capable of tremendous accomplishment, but without emotion, may care only for himself and become a bully or tyrant. It is only through proper emotion that man cares for his fellow men and uses his abilities for accomplishments that benefit them. History is filled with intelligent determined men, who are almost universally reviled because of their lack of spirit; men like Stalin and Hitler and Khan.

History is also filled with strong, compassionate, intelligent, and determined people who have made great works for the betterment of others. It is through concentration of mind, body, spirit, and emotion, that they are able to harness all of their capabilities and perform great works. It may be something small, such as the fireman who is able to bring all this to bear and allow him to lift a car off a trapped child in order to save the child. It may be a great work of art, such as the Cistene Chapel or Starry Night. It may also be a great leader, such as a George Washington or a Martin Luther King, Jr, who is able to rally people to a cause and bring about profound change.

There are also the rare individuals who are able to use the concentration of these abilities to make up for the lack of one of these capabilities. The great physicist, Stephen Hawking, has almost no body to speak of, but has been able to use his concentration of mind, spirit, and emotion to make revolutionary breakthroughs in his field. Franklin Roosevelt, similarly, was bound to a wheelchair and yet was able to become President and the only one ever to be elected more than twice and lead the United States through the Second World War.