by Benjamin J. Butler
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Peoples’ Republic of China
Recently, Xi Jinping gave a talk on the birthday of Confucius at an international gathering, the first time for a Chinese President.
Interestingly, I have always had a debate with my Chinese and Korean friends about Confucius. Many dislike Confucianism’s emphasis on order and filial piety (“harmony”?) and agree with me that Lao Tsu was an even better role model. He was the author of the Tao Te Ching, one of the greatest collections of wisdom ever written. About a third of the entire text actually encourages governments and rulers to renounce violence against its citizens.
Whoever relies on the Tao in governing men doesn't try to force issues or defeat enemies by force of arms. For every force there is a counterforce. Violence, even well intentioned, always rebounds upon oneself. Lao Tsu
Perhaps the Government of Hong Kong (finally) took the ... Log in or subscribe to continue reading.