Recently our Greenpeace Taiwan campaigners were in Beijing and we decided to head to the Confucius Temple near Andingmen. In a display looking at the much revered philosopher's life and beliefs we spotted the following:
This is where Confucius would fish while in Zhongdu. He would only bait fully grown fish and didn't believe in catching neither big nor small fish with a net. He advocated that when you chop down a tree or kill an animal, you must do so according to the season, the laws of nature and in moderation. This type of thinking contributed to the sustainable development of society.
Made sense back then, still makes sense now.