We must stand at four vantage points of Chinese Traditional Wisdom to find the root cause of various social problems in China and also to find solutions to them. There are four widely held views on various social problems in China today that are neither objective nor comprehensive.
The first view is about race issue, is China’s problem a matter of race? It is certainly not, since both HongKongers and Taiwanese derive from the same race, so our race has nothing to do with the problem.
The second view is about cultivation issue, is China’s problem a matter of cultivation? It is definitely not. Hong Kong citizens and many overseas Chinese, with highly civilized behavior, have won the respect of the world. Mr. Miles Guo, in particular, the overseas elites are far from him in terms of cultivation, and they can only follow him because of his incredible influence. There is nothing wrong with the cultivation of our Chinese people.
The third view is about system issue because some people think that China’s problems are political system problems. We cannot simply change the system; across the globe, the democratic and constitutional countries are still the majority, through more than three years’ Whistleblower’s Movement, it has become clear that they are also experiencing many different problems. Therefore, it would be naïve of us to think that the political system can completely solve China’s problems.
The fourth view is about cultural issue because some people believe that China’s problems are a cultural issue connected to traditional Chinese culture. This is absolutely unfounded. True traditional Chinese culture is more profound than you can possibly imagine. More than 95% of what we know about the traditional Chinese culture today is distorted and our understanding is at the level of Confucianism, while it is not true Confucianism, but pseudo-Confucianism, which is all about enslaving education, Shang Yang’s Ideology, five apologetics of state power and political fight techniques. The two greatest evils of China’s central government over the past 2500 years have also been described as Externally Confucian and Internally Legalist. People who do not understand real Chinese culture think they are good, but they are the greatest evils reflected in the fact of “internally, practice of Shang Yang’s Ideology for tyrannical regime; externally, use of pseudo-Confucianism for enslaving education.” The real Chinese culture has been tampered with many times that much of what we know is actually pseudo-Confucianism, pseudo-Taoism and pseudo-Buddhism that we are not well aware of. However, we cannot deny that there is something real out there, so we must not put a stopper on it.
The solutions to China’s problems must be found on these four vantage points before we can have objective views and comprehensive thought processes. Otherwise, we will inevitably remain in the dark, like the blind feeling an elephant, and will not see the whole picture. A group of blind people started to feel an elephant, and those who touched the ear said it was a fan, those who touched the leg said it was a pillar, those who touched the tail said it was a snake, those who touched the tooth said it was a sharp cylinder, and those who touched the trunk said it was a long rubber tube. Then they discussed and argued with ridiculous chatter, nobody was right because they were all blind. What if they were touching a donkey, it would be even worse because they would assert with certainty that the donkey was an elephant. They believed that was the truth, and no doubt it was very absurd.
The ancients said “to enjoy a grander sight, climb to a greater height”, so we must open our eyes of wisdom and stand at the vantage points. In Chinese characters, with the same left structural part of REN, meaning person, can form different characters; when the right part is SHAN, meaning mountain, the character pronounces XIAN, meaning immortal, standing on eminence and becoming farsighted; when the right part is GU, meaning valley, the character pronounces SU, meaning vulgar, standing at bottom and becoming shortsighted. What is the difference between immortal and vulgar? The height a person stands determines the world of his thoughts. Therefore, we must learn the traditional culture, and only from four vantage points can we analyze the problem and locate the root cause. We must follow the right path, understand both our advantages that our ancestors have handed down to us and the West people’s essences that are inherent in Western civilization, so we can integrate the eastern and western civilizations and cultures; and eventually move towards the Himalayas and build a better future for humanity.
Original opinion article by Himalaya Farm Vancouver – 2020/10/23