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greendragon, how could i v consider japanese western...
Who exactly are these people? Are the Chinese a bunch of illiterate, backward farmers? Are the Japanese venturous pirates? Have you personally met one of them? Well, until you do and get to know him, you would hardly run into a more friendly and hospitable type. And looking closer, these people are culture-oriented. And they are the kind of people who would live for emotion and die for righteousness. But most important of all, they are so alike that you would not be able to tell them apart.|
Both China and Japan are family. Their culture is for the sake of starting a new family but never forgetting the old ones. Their societies are, in fact, themselves large harmonious families. The Chinese, in particular, are the least likely people, like their pandas, that one would want to slaughter and rape; and the Japanese, the least likely to commit such violence to others. But it all happened. Why?
Well, they both started "something" in reaction to external influence. And Japan did it fifty years earlier than China, and so it had to play the bad guy.
This "something" was modernization. And the external influence was the Westernization. In a way, there was no choice. Either you invite modernization, or it would invite itself in the form of exploitation, ravage and plunder. This was how China was treated, first in the hands of the West and then those of the modernized Japanese.
So what exactly is modernization? It's a process to suppress the old culture and replace it with new technology and politics. Once started, it's addictive and self-driven. But the ultimate agenda is militarization. In short, modernization is the mother of barbarism.
Barbarism specializes in trampling culture. When carried to its absolute limit, barbarism can turn evil into glory for the victors. But what locked into the losers' psyche is the loss of self-worth. Many of them, in fact, have been convinced they were worse than the barbaric. The Nanking Japanese, for example, were truly feel proud of what they did there. Thus, the cycle continues to escalate.
So, in terms of cause and effect, barbarism's effect on people can be so thorough, that it would itself turn into a cause for the next more barbaric effect. There is hardly any time and room to track down the original source. That is, unless one also has already lost track of culture.
In ZhengHe's time China had behaved culturally. But once modernized and militarized, like Japan, can we guaranttee that we would not behave like any other barbarian if ever we get in a situation like Nanking.
So, in combatting barbarism, our only choice is to hold on tightly to our culture. And culture requires us to look at the original cause. That's the only way to stop barbarism from becoming its own cause.
So, the challenge facing the people of China and Japan is to renew our old culture of Buddism's cause and effect and Confucius' harmony. The future generations must be explained clearly what caused this tragedy. Our task is not to act on the atrocity in Nanking, but confront the mistakes we made leading to it. The former only takes hatred to resolve. But the latter requires the culture's teachings of humility, tolerance and compassion.
This revisit of Nanking Massacre is for the education of youths of the world. Specifically, we need to decide how the event should be recorded in the textbooks. We have one of two choices:
The first is: