- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Stanford University Press; 1 edition (June 1, 1958)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0804706115
- ISBN-13: 978-0804706117
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
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Waley's writing style is also easy to read, written in a somewhat conversational fashion complete with his personal comments, in addition to being nicely footnoted as one would expect of an academic work. A wonderful read.
China trade with the Middle East for a long long time in a mutual beneficial way for silk, tea and china. When colonial and imperial England found their trade with China in unfavorable deficit in buying Chinese tea, English merchants smuggled opium to reverse the silver out flow. Commissioner Lin wrote letter to Queen Victoria for appeal to stop this toxic foreign mud which was not legal in England. It is a respectful Confucius teaching" do not do onto others what you do not want yourself"! Who has the moral high ground to wage war as a dope pusher? Demand in unequal treaty to cede Hong Kong as a colony? Make the illegal smuggle as legal import? Why the West in 1997 when Hong Kong returned back to China reported negatively with the black hand in stirring up the "color troubles"?
Commissioner Lin composed an "Address to the Spirit of the Sea" when he burnt the confiscated opiums from the British and Americans for the pollution. (P.44). The English, had theories about extra-territoriality and redjected the notion that, if they came to a country, they must obey its laws. (p.34) This is why other unequal treaties demanded by foreign powers in 19th Century China included this clause. Along the same line, they also demanded "most-favor-nation" clause, meaning in all of the Western Power's treaties with Chinese government, any special consideration given one power could ultimately be claimed by them all.
It is interesting to read that Rev. Charles Gutzlaff generally viewed Chinese as semi-barbarous idolators, to be rescued from their benighted condition only by the enlightening touch of Christian contacts (p.234) On the previous page entered the comment of Lane Poole: a cross brtween parson and pirate, charlatan and genius, philanthropist and crook. (p.233). Chinese culture in Taoism and Confucianism was introuduced to Europe brought about the Enlightenment to spark the French and American Revolutions with the teaching of Mencius! Why now it becomes a trend for Westerners in persuit of freedom and personal power in Tao Te Ching!
Now in America, many States pass by election that recreation hemp is OK! Do we expect "America Great Again" with our population in this dope? Maybe this is the Tao of yin ang yang for western turn to enjoy the habit ?!
Those who do not learn from history will doom to repeat it. Reading this book helps understand the past and choose the future wisely.