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Confucius, Laozi and Buddha are humbly winning against the imperial West, in troubled Hong Kong

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left to right, is the depiction of the famous allegorical story of Confucius, Laozi and Buddha each tasting vinegar
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[Pictured above: left to right, is the depiction of the famous allegorical story of Confucius, Laozi and Buddha each tasting vinegar in a vat, and the interpretation of their results. Today's Hong Kong could be represented by the vinegar. All three are in mind and spirit watching over China's wayward territory.]


There is a great allegorical story about Confucius, Laozi who was the founder of Daoism and Buddha gathering around a vat of vinegar to taste it. Confucius and Laozi actually met and spent some time together in the 6th-5th century BC. Buddhism did not make it to China until the 1st century AD, but other than the latter's concept of reincarnation, the three philosophies have much in common and all are looming large over the problems happening in Hong Kong recently.

In the story, Confucius thought the vinegar tasted sour, symbolizing that people needed a system of values and an understanding about how society and government needed to be guided. Buddha tasted bitterness, representing the toils and troubles during our existence on Earth: greed, vainglory, anger, and the only way to overcome them is to clear our minds and souls of all selfishness, in order to attain inner peace and enlightenment. And then there was Laozi, the original hippie, uber-Mr. Natural, who thought the vinegar tasted just grand, because that is that way it is supposed to taste, so why fight it or criticize its essential being? Just take a step back and let life flow, baby. Groovy, dude" (wikipediaVinegar_tasters).

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Since there are many common threads in all three philosophies, over the centuries they have melded into a popular Chinese belief system under the rubric of "Buddhism", but all three are very much part and parcel of what transpires in thousands of temples across China, when citizens go there to pray, meditate and make offerings. These commonalities center around humility, forbearance, relenting and retreating in the face of insults, violence and arrogance. I have written about this way of life (chinarising.puntopress ) and how it has helped me enjoy a fuller, more meaningful life (chinarising.puntopress ). It can be generally encapsulated under the Chinese concept of ren(), which means to relent in the face of aggression or arrogance.

And we are seeing this way of life unfolding before our eyes, during all the protests and violence happening recently in Hong Kong. Before we get to ancient Chinese philosophy NOT kicking butt there, you first have to understand that the West, via their spy agencies (CIA, MI6, DGSE, BND, etc.) and cover NGOs among the 37,000 present there (greanvillepost ), which are also funded by the likes of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), pseudo-liberal billionaires like George Soros (needtoknow ) and Pierre Omidyar, are organizing and paying for all this ongoing mayhem. I wrote about this during the last imperial attack on Hong Kong, called the Umbrella Revolution (chinarising.puntopress ). Like then, the West is paying thousands of unemployed people 20-30 euros a day to hit the streets and create havoc. Sensing weakness on the part of the Chinese, due to their adopting ancient Chinese ren, there are reports that the CIA cabal is now paying top dollar to try to destroy Hong Kong's way of life, up to 5,000 Hong Kong dollars a day (about US$650) for those willing to wantonly destroy property and attack the police.

Sometimes they get caught in the act. Below is a photo of an obvious Western spook directing Hong Kong protestors. This clown's t-shirt says "Freedom (is) freedom, p*ssy" or "Freedom, freedom hello", depending on whether you use Cantonese slang and for social media in China, the big yellow characters paraphrase, "Be on the lookout for these evil devils". I have been informed by locals that his name is Brian Kern and he is a well-known CIA/color revolution operative in Hong Kong. All in a day's imperial chaos and mayhem,

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Photos like the one below were also taken during the Western paid-for Maidan color revolution in Ukraine in 2014
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The Chinese social media text above says that these people were being paid HK$1,000 to march for a day, HK$2,000 for chanting against the government and HK$5,000 for tearing the place up.

All this kind of blatant evidence is widely circulated across Chinese social media, so everybody except Westerners knows exactly what is going on. Baba Beijing is publicly calling for investigations into "foreign meddling" of the very violent Hong Kong protests turned riots (scmp.com ). Again, it's not rocket science, except for clueless, brainwashed Euranglolanders.

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Given the obvious, I was at first frustrated that Hong Kong authorities, clearly with China's nod, retreated from passing the extradition law that would allow Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and the Mainland to send wanted crooks to the origins of their crimes. Even after living and working with Chinese people for 16 years and fully understanding and adopting their practice of ren, as a Westerner, it's normal to genuflect, screaming, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, so shove that law down those foreign manipulated punks' throats! That's how we think and react and at first, I was thinking Hong Kong's leaders were looking like muddle-headed fools.

But, Confucius, Laozi and Buddha were on all the leaders' minds. Incredibly, at least from a Western point of view, Hong Kong's governor, Ms. Carrie Lam, on behalf of her administration profusely apologized to the whole world for not doing a good job, for not communicating well the extradition bill's intent, for underestimating the people's concerns and failing their expectations. For days, they showed the utmost humility and contrition to their citizens. Imagine that happening in the West. Not! Then Lam kept a low profile for a few days, to let the dust settle.

Yet, ancient Chinese philosophy is proving to be victorious in the face of relentless Western attempts to destroy Hong Kong's, and by extension, Mainland China's way of life. You could call it Mohammed Ali's rope-a-dope strategy, or give 'em enough rope to hang themselves, and that is exactly what has happened. The CIA gang perceived all of the aforementioned ren as a sign of weakness and turned up the violence dial, by ordering the their goons to sack the Legislative Council. They estimate it will take millions to fix and up to six months to reopen its doors. This is the result of Western propaganda's "peaceful, freedom and democracy loving protestors" (scmp.com).

As a result, there is now widespread anger and revulsion by the vast majority of Hong Kong citizens against the protestors (scmp.com) and Baba Beijing is using it very effectively to remind China's 1.4 billion citizens what real Western "freedom and democracy" offer: violence and chaos.

The whole fiasco has blown up in the West's imperial face and all it can do now is double down on the mayhem, because that is all it knows what to do. Colonial capitalists have the brains of reptiles. They run around like Komodo lizards, killing everything in sight, only thinking about ever more money, property, possessions and power, at the expense of everyone else and the survival of Planet Earth. We now have young Hong Kongers supposedly inspired by these animals to commit suicide "for the cause" and the West's puppet local leaders saying they would rather die than allow the extradition bill to pass (www.scmp). In the face of a civilization that above all cherishes social harmony and economic stability, the West is committing long term hari kari, while again, handing Baba Beijing a massive anti-Western democracy public relations coup, both on the Mainland and in Hong Kong.

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Perspective matters. One man's freedom fighter is another's terrorist. Framing the protestors as foreign-funded practitioners of subterfuge might not work. The US election of '16 and blaming 'dem foreigners' (Russia) was poor political theatre and I doubt it will work anywhere.

Is there one China? Seems like the Chinese have a diversity of opinion however narrow the Overton window. For us, it took Snowden to expose the scale of government wrong-doing. Sacrifices by patriots, Jefferson said, refreshing the tree of liberty. A messy process, this democracy business. Is the state the sole arbitrator of what constitutes too much ren, and when something requires suppression?

I think Buddhists and others must be tolerant, and Confucius would understand the need for harmony. At what point is intolerance for resisting factions justified? The students in Tienanmen Square didn't deserve what they got. The late Justin Raimondo of antiwar.com penned an excellent essay back on the 10th anniversary of Tienanmen here: .antiwar.com/justin/justinchina1.html

Americans tolerate freedom of speech, though Big Tech censorship has begun here, coupled with a social credit score system similar to China's. Which model is true ren? Seems like a country unable to allow search terms as innocuous as Tibet, Uighur, Taiwan, and Winnie the Pooh is far less ren-ful a society than ours. Our government doesn't constrict or remove results outside of its range of tolerance; though the private sector is actively removing search results as the Project Veritas/Google expose showed, a video since pulled--naturally--from the latter's search engine and its hosting platform You-tube.

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Very thought provoking comment.

As to your first paragraph, the power elites of the US do a lot of projecting of their own bad behavior. Just because Russia-gate was built on sand, does not mean that "NED-gate" is too. There is plenty of evidence of the later, unlike the former.

As for the rest your comment, it is better for me to say nothing and look stupid, rather than to say something and prove it:) As Zhou Enlai said of the French Revolution, "it's too early to tell".

P.S. I wish they would stop calling everything "gates". After half a century we ought to be able to come up with something original.

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Wonderful comments, John. Thanks for sharing.


My only comment is the West censors words on the internet too and as James Bradley said in his interview on my show, Western media is government managed and controlled.


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Recall hear a story of Confucius. Prince of his Provence followed his policies, and the jails were empty and cops and judges had nothing to do. But then a Prince from other Provence got jealous and got the Prince hooked on gambling on horse-racing,,, and things went back what we have now. I would love to know what policies were followed. It was back in 1990's when read about it.

Would also love to know were another statement was first coined which read back then too? "A standing army has been the bane of liberty since invention of the sword." Think it was John Locke, for think read it from a book about Jefferson.

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Thanks, Michael,


Confucius was controversial during his times. He set a very high standard for clean and effective governance and was kicked out of administrations several times and he left several more. There were a couple of attempts on his life.


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I've lived in HK for 40 years and this article is complete nonsense.

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I know a number of expats who live and work in Hong Kong. I accept the fact that they idealize and whitewash this territory's long, sordid colonial history as being the West's illegal global drug cartel and money laundering capital for 110 years, including opium, morphine and heroin.


When I go to Hong Kong, I turn towards Shenzhen and say, "Goodbye 21st century" and when entering the territory, say, "Hello 20th century". The difference is that stark.


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Great article! It's always informing to read somebody who writes about what he knows; and who clearly sees the difference between brainwashed propaganda narratives and on-the-ground realities.

China's government is based on Confucian political philosophy: government by a morally and technically trained professional civil service to serve the Mandate of Heaven: the fostering of harmonious society. It is a meritocracy in which promotion is based on proven ability to govern at lower levels.

Western governments are supposed democracies whose political governments are elected by a majority of the people; but whose actual government is exercised by the owning class of transnational bankers and corporations.

China's government is improving the lives of the Chinese people, and is a popular government that has the support of most of the Chinese people. Which makes China's government a people-serving "democratic" government.

The West's oligarchic governments - masquerading as democracies - are making the owning class richer and more powerful; but are making the lives of their majority people worse by binding them in debt bondage and increasingly precarious states of financial, economic and social insecurity. Which makes the West's governments oligarch-serving "tyrannies".

There are "real" home-grown people protesting on the streets of France, denouncing Macron's neoliberal oligarch-serving policies and demanding people-serving democratic government. Many Western people do not support their governments. The governments are not popluar because they do not serve the needs and interests of the people.

But most Westerners have been brainwashed into believing that voting causes democracy; and an unelected government like China's is automatically a tyranny exercised by brutal dictators. Most Westerners do not see that the US-led bankster empire is the real tyrant.

Most Westerners are not even aware that the US is the country that is invading other countries and constantly starting wars; whereas target countries like Cuba, Libya, Venezueala, Nicaragua, China, Russia, are not invading and blowing up anybody else's countries.

So who is really promoting peace and democracy? And who is really promoting strife and chaos and the enrichment and empowerment of a tyranny of nationless transnational owners?

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Derryl, very observant comments. Many thanks.


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Funny thing. The other night whilst watching the news on these events in Hong Kong, I asked my wife, "considering how long this has now been going on, what do these people do for a living, how is it possible for them to take the time off work, cease earning their income, to protest in the streets. How do they manage their finances without that income ?"

It's a question EVERYONE needs to ask. During my working life, the Union I belonged to went on strike on many occassions. When that happened, I and my family found it difficult to make ends meet, and such strikes usually petered out after 2 or 3 days, any longer and things would become extremely difficult.

So,again, how are these protesting people surviving financialy whilst protesting ??????????? From where is the money coming from ?????

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Great contextualization, Eddy. Thanks,


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I have said this before, but again: we hear next to nothing on the demonstrations of the Yellow Vests in France, the demonstrations in the Czech Republic, Honduras, Haiti, etc. It is proof of a corrupt msm.

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