Archive for November, 2011

more ying than yang

November 26, 2011

The Chinese civilization is more Ying than Yang, soft than hard, we adore the moon and use the lunar calendar,  next to New Year the Mid Autumn Moon Festival is our second most important holiday,  we also praise the moon with thousands of poems , here’s one that uses the moon’s wax and wane as the ups and downs of life. 鄧麗君 ~~ 但願人長久
It’s a beautiful song, hope you enjoy.

Poem by Su Shi, 1,063–1,101 AD

When will the moon be clear and bright?
With a cup of wine in my hand, I ask the blue sky.
I don’t know what season it would be in the heavens on this night.
I’d like to ride the wind to fly home.
Yet I fear the crystal and jade mansions are much too high and cold for me.
Dancing with my moon-lit shadow
It does not seem like the human world
The moon rounds the red mansion Stoops to silk-pad doors
Shines upon the sleepless Bearing no grudge
Why does the moon tend to be full when people are apart?
People may have sorrow or joy, be near or far apart
The moon may be dim or bright, wax or wane
This has been going on since the beginning of time
May we all be blessed with longevity Though far apart, we are still able to share the beauty of the moon together.

Unlike the sun worshipers of Egypt, Greek , Persia and India, the Chinese moon based culture is actually quite nonaggressive, throughout history, most wars were forced upon us, the Mongolians and other nomadic tribes kept attacking our northern borders and we built the great wall for self defense.
The three pillars of Chinese civilization, Confucian, Taoism and Buddhism are all non aggressive.

Confucius taught us to conquer with virtue not with force.

Taoist talks about balancing Ying Yang and living in harmony with nature and there is never a war fought in the name of Buddha in 2500 years.
We treated Korea , Japan, Vietnam and Tibet as little brothers and they benefited greatly from us culturally and materially.
The Ming Dynasty ‘s great fleet sailed to south Asia, Africa and North and South America without trying to grab any territories like the European powers.
Even the obnoxious communist withdrew the troops from India in the 60’s and Vietnam in the 80’s wars when New Delhi and Hanoi were within grab.

The ravages and colonization of China by the western powers in the 19th century had greatly affected our psyche. Recent USA’s meddling in the South China sea’s disputes is very dangerous indeed.


Another moon song

 鄧麗君Teresa Teng 月亮代表我的心 The Moon Represents My Heart (1977 Live)—-with English subtitle.

This  moon song has political significance, It is said that Taiwan conquered China with this song without firing a shot in the mid 70’s because since the communist took over China in 1949 all  love songs were considered bourgeois decadence and counter revolutionary and was banned altogether during the 10 years of cultural revolution, so this love song was a real shock to the Chinese ears at that time and as a result all the communist propaganda about how bad Taiwan is evaporated.



November 21, 2011

感性有餘而 理性不足, 向來是公認的中國文化缺點.

台灣著名文化打手李敖專挑別人缺點大做文章, 香港政論家李怡以前對中共有讚無彈, 近年卻有彈無讚, 加拿大儒學者湯般若認為儒家思想盡皆善美. 他們都為才智過人者, 但亦犯了感性有餘而理性不足,執其一端的毛病.

林行止專業經濟而學有專長,以其嚴謹的理論, 數據分析訓練, 對經濟,政治作冷靜, 理性的分析評論, 在芸芸感性有餘, 理性不足的評論中如鶴立雞群,突圍而出, 數十年來得到各華人社群的敬重.

美中不足處是香江第一健筆時有為交稿而趕稿的行貨, 以其現時的條件, 實應慢工出細貨, 每月出一兩篇精品, 更能引人入勝.

至於世上盲從自己的信仰才是唯一真神,真理的數十億宗教, 政治未開腦者, 我們除了為他們悲嘆外更希望他們能對宋朝程灝的“執其一端為異端, 執其兩端為聖人”多作思考, 以減少世上宗教, 政治的糾紛.