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Zhang Hongjie, the guest speaker of CCTV's hundreds of lectures, is a guest lecturer – how Zeng Guofan cultivated himself 2013-07-29

 

Yesterday afternoon, famous writers, CCTV lecturers invited guest speakers, Fudan University history doctor, and Tsinghua University postdoctoral Zhang Hongjie, guest lecturer at the Tianyi Hall of the City Library, gave a lecture on "The Front and Side of Zeng Guofan", and vividly analyzed Zeng Guofan's life. Zhang Hongjie said that as one of the influential figures in modern Chinese history, Zeng Guofan was the pioneer of modern modernization in China. His life, thoughts and wisdom have influenced generations. In fact, Zeng Guofan’s talents are relatively mediocre. Like young people, when he was young, he also had shortcomings such as impetuousness, lack of study, stubbornness, and stagnation. Zhang Hongjie analyzed, "Zeng Guofan went to Beijing to be an official from his hometown in Hunan at the age of 30. He met many literati in Beijing and was deeply influenced by their personality. Since then, Zeng Guofan has made aspirations: to become a saint through his cultivation." It stipulates the amount of reading and workload that he has to complete every day, and improves his efficiency in doing things. He also uses a neat little diary to write a diary every day to reflect on his own words and deeds. When he finds something wrong, he reminds himself that he will not make the same mistake again. Not only that, but he also showed the diary to the teachers and friends, let them give their opinions and supervise themselves. Later, he left Beijing to be an official in the field, and sent the diary back periodically, on the one hand to preserve the information, on the other hand, let the younger generation continue to supervise themselves. "He has been self-reflecting and self-criticizing by writing a diary for decades. His diary has a lot of self-struggling and self-strength content until the day before his death." Zhang Hongjie believes that "Zeng Guofan's self-cultivation method is ordinary people. Can't do it."