Meaningingless & Gyokusai

War history and contemporary literature, beget images of the cruelty of the Japanese, the ‘banzai’ charge, the mass executions, the obsession with the Emperor and nationalism. It created a picture of a fanatical people. It reduced us to an understanding of generalizations, stereotypes and mockery of the Japanese.

No one, no army, fought till the last man liked the Japanese No commander in the US, Great Britain, USSR, China or even Nazi Germany will allow such sacrifice. In many cases, more than 98% of the garrison was sacrificed.

[​the Battle of Tarawa (November 21-23, 1943), 4,600 (17 surviving); the Battle of Kwajalein (January 30 to February 5, 1944), 7,900 (105 surviving); the Battle of Biak (May 27 to June 20, 1944), more than 10,000 (520 surviving); the Battle of Saipan (June 15 to July 9, 1944), 29,000 (921 surviving) etc..].

“…in February 1944, Prime Minister Tojo Hideki, in his “emergency declaration,” had made the sweeping call: ichioku gyokusai, “100 million gyokusai.” It was a demand that the entire Japanese population be prepared to die…”  [​Gyokusai or "Shattering like a Jewel" ​]

Yet, from the many memoirs of the many young Japanese, knowing the end was near, their thoughts were mostly of their mothers as they faced death.

Without question, there was mass propaganda, State coercion, social pressures, a sense of duty and honor as WW2 Japan prepared for the annihilation of its country. But, here, I am more interested in the aesthetics of “gyokusai”.

The literal translation of  “gyokusai’ is “​shattered jewel ​”. Liked many other Japanese concepts of self-sacrifice such as “hara-kiri”, “kamikaze”, gyokusai is about death. It is about the perfection of life, immortalized in an act of death. A paradox, a fatalism that accentuates life at the moment of death. A jewel is admired, if, it is then shattered, its beauty is mourned all the more for its destruction.

How do you explain such aesthetics about life? Surely, in a way, it seeks meaning in a life that is ephemeral, full of vicissitudes that ride on, not just egomaniac leaders but natural disasters.

Thus, the final act of life, which is death, must be clothed with theatrics and philosophical beauty; which may give solace to the living, but, nonetheless, meaningless.

“Does the realization of the meaninglessness and absurdity of life necessarily require suicide?”. Albert Camus.

What is the absurdity?

“…we build our life on the hope for tomorrow, yet tomorrow brings us closer to death and is the ultimate enemy; people live their lives as if they were not aware of the certainty of death…”

The absurdity, here, I paraphrase Albert Camus, is that we lived a life based on this need for meaning, when in fact, life in its naked form is raw, unpredictable and unfathomable. It is this recognition that life is meaningless that we are free.

Free from what? Free from the dogmas of politicians, religions, nationalism and the framing of our individuality; he called this; “Revolt’.But “Revolt” itself is not a fixed point, but constantly challenged.

Although from another tradition, number (2) of Thich Nhat Hanh’s (Engaged Buddhism) 14 precepts explains “Revolt” clearly: “Do not think the knowledge you presently possess is changeless, absolute truth. Avoid being narrow-minded and bound to present views. Learn and practice nonattachment from views in order to be open to receive others’ viewpoints. Truth is found in life and not merely in conceptual knowledge. Be ready to learn throughout your entire life and to observe reality in yourself and in the world at all times.”

What is the absurdity in Singapore?

It is to be fooled into thinking that PAP gives meaning to Singaporeans. They too are humans, they have said so publicly that their political high pay is so that they do not sacrifice too much.  They are not doing any metaphorical “gyokusai”.

Ho Ching had compared perks in the US political system to Singapore political system. She should know what is the US GDP vs Singapore GDP. It is almost USD 20 trillion to Spore USD 330 billion; 61 times bigger. Is the US President given with perks equivalent to about USD 100 million annually?

LKY had asked Singaporeans to be practical in our view to political high pay. Of course we should. It is clear they have realized there is no better meaning than having a good life. I don’t deny them that.

But then don’t turn around arguing that long term planning means elderly and the needy have to be short changed. They too have a life.

Elections are coming. I don’t want to be imbued with nationalism as a meaning to life. I am sick to death of hearing meanings given to sacrifices to be endured by the helpless, elderly and the needy. A dash of bohemian is due.

 

BK

 

 

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30 Responses to “Meaningingless & Gyokusai”

  • TruBlu:

    *gyokusai* from ENRICHED PAPig$?
    My toes are laughing.
    And,from Ho Jinx?

    Show us the MILLION$ you paid yourselves for your *$acrifice*.

    One GOOD SG comes to mind.
    JBJ did SACRIFICE much.
    His whole being,his life-savings but few truly appreciated him.

    As for Lee Ah Long n his CARTOONET,where is the SACRIFICE?

    Instead,poor ordinary sgs become their sacrificial lambs?

    Our jobs,our little savings,our CPF n worst of all,OUR CITIZEN RIGHTS N HUMAN DIGNITY have been SACRIFICED

    Meaninglessness has caused many elderly sgs to even take their own OLD LIVES?

    And still,the CLOWN$ THINK THEY HAVE SACRIFICED MUCH for their countrymen?

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  • Harder Truths:

    Exactly. Well said.

    You are revisiting Ayn Rand when she said the worst thing a person can do is to sacrifice for the State. In the name of Nationalism the citizens are required to give up everything so the State can be ‘protected’.

    In America you are required to take an Oath of Allegiance to the Constitution – not the government. Free societies do not put the State above individuals.

    Japan, Germany and the USSR found this out the hard way. $G is on the way to falling off the same cliff.

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  • RDB:

    To Everyone,
    Always know and remember constantly that GREED no no bounds nor limit.
    And so the greedy try to fulfill not only what they and their children need here, but also for their wealth in “heaven”. That already disqualifies them from any blessings from their creator. Thus stupid is as stupid does because of their endless greed in a terminal life spend on earth here.

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  • oxygen:

    @ BK

    GREAT WRITING, as always. My mind can’t move away from this distraught thoughts that those who “print” their own paycheck out of the public purse, have decided that they are the MASTERS – not pretentiously servants as often deceptively often claims to be – of the destiny of their subjects REGARDLESS OF HOW BADLY THEY FAILED, INCOMPETENCE DEMONSTRATED AND CLUELESS OF THE WAY out of our sinking survival hopes.

    I say cut the dinghy tied to the SINKING TITANIC.

    Time for CHANGE in the next election.

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  • Realistically:

    @ BK

    Good and interesting post………..appreciated.

    “But then don’t turn around arguing that long term planning means elderly and the needy have to be short changed. They too have a life.”

    Why not, in view of what I believe typifies the PAPies motto:

    “Get out of elite uncaring face” – Wee Shu Min daughter of parliament member Wee Siew Kim and a then eighteen-year-old student on Raffles Junior College’s Humanities scholarship programme.

    See link:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wee_Shu_Min_elitism_controversy

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  • MarBowling:

    Great article by BK.

    Still can remember Lee Kayu making his usual psycho speech in a rally:

    Quote: “I spent a whole lifetime building THIS(SIA + his FamiLEE fortune$$$$$$)!
    And as LOONG as I’m in charge, Nobody(even my DSon)is going to knock it DOWN!”

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  • What ?:

    Gyokusai?

    Dont see any link .

    The die hard fans of pap will still vote pap.
    The die hard fans of oppies will still vote oppies.

    @ ” Avoid being narrow-minded and bound to present views. Learn and practice nonattachment from views in order to be open to receive others’ viewpoints. Truth is found in life and not merely in conceptual knowledge. Be ready to learn throughout your entire life and to observe reality in yourself and in the world at all times.”

    What the panda big country dont even allow their to vote. The panda big country cannot hear HK voices until the present situation.

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  • What ?:

    Gyokusai?

    Dont see any link .

    The die hard fans of pap will still vote pap.
    The die hard fans of oppies will still vote oppies.

    @ ” Avoid being narrow-minded and bound to present views. Learn and practice nonattachment from views in order to be open to receive others’ viewpoints. Truth is found in life and not merely in conceptual knowledge. Be ready to learn throughout your entire life and to observe reality in yourself and in the world at all times.”

    What the panda big country dont even allow their to vote. The panda big country cannot hear HK voices until the present situation.

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  • Haigen-Diaz:

    BK:
    Although from another tradition, number (2) of Thich Nhat Hanh’s (Engaged Buddhism) 14 precepts explains “Revolt” clearly: “Do not think the knowledge you presently possess is changeless, absolute truth.
    Elections are coming. I don’t want to be imbued with nationalism as a meaning to life. I am sick to death of hearing meanings given to sacrifices to be endured by the helpless, elderly and the needy. A dash of bohemian is due.

    Dogmas like ‘Gyokusai’ are repositories of society’s ideals, their hopes, and their beliefs, especially as concerns the ineffable. Humanity’s choice going forward: recognize these codes as inevitably imperfect human interpretations of divine will, and figure out a world order that has room for more than one ‘right way’, or remain mired in irreconcilable conflict.

    Actually, I think that the problem will only be resolved when we fully realize the dualistic narratives about us and that good and evil will continue to thrive until one see that dualism is ultimately delusion.

    The secular substitutes for Gyokusai — nationalism, racism and political ideology — have all led to disaster. Perhaps the antithesis of true spiritual dogmas, is materialism. The extreme form, greed, that has resulted in disaster after disaster which the world is facing now, including Singapore.

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  • XiMeansDie:

    The philosopher is not the author of life hence can never be an authority in the subject of man’s eternal destiny.

    Nor the theologians, the politicians, the academia and entrepreneur.

    If the author says you shall die, you die. You get a glimpse of how authority works with every govt head

    It does not matter you believe only the earth your feet is familiar with and deny the relevance of heaven or if it even matters.

    Heaven need not your approval.

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  • Rabble-rouser:

    @ BK:
    Bro, your written piece is esoteric! The consumption are not for mere mortals, LOL!

    The Japanese were quite an unique race! They are a homogeneous race formed through many centuries living in self-imposed isolation & in constant warfare among themselves. It was the US Black ships of Commodore Matthew Perry that forced Japan to open their doors to trade.

    The show of US power made the Japanese Tokugawa shogunate anxious to avoid the fate of near neighbours, China. And because Japan had always been a hierarchical society, they realised that they had to quickly adopt Western Technology & refined it to their own capabilities. And the technology they embraced were Naval Shipbuilding & manufacturing modern armaments. When Aeronautics became prevalent, they also embraced it.

    Japan adopted Militarism was no surprise as Japan had always in constant conflict among the various shogunate for power & territory. Their culture held up the Samurai & their Bushido code as a societal role model. In contrast, traders & shopkeepers were looked down for their “dishonest” profession.

    In short, Japan had been a warlike race where constant warfare is a norm. Their economy had always been structured as a wartime economy where a significant proportion of their population were military conscripts.

    The peasants & farmers are there to feed Japan’s war machines. The Samurai, on the other hand, were held in high esteem despite they aren’t productive at all, their sole purpose is to fight & give up their life as a glorious end.

    Gyokusai goes back to the Samurai & the Bushido creed that forms the identity of the Japanese people. It was the devastating nature of their defeat at the hands of the Americans in WW2 that caused them to relinquish Militarism. They instead channeled it to “Demilitarizing” their wartime industries into commerce & trade with the same fanaticism.

    Nothing has really change with Japanese. In the past, their industriousness went to feed & maintain their uniformed military organisation. These days, they served the big Japanese corporations.

    Japanese people still make a lot of sacrifices for the greater good of the nation. Theirs were the few cultures that honour suicides as honourable – the other were Muslim Jihadists. The Roman Catholics, on the other hand, considered suicide as being unable to enter heaven.

    But S’pore doesn’t have the Japanese fanaticism. And that’s the difference! It was fear & gerrymandering instead. The S’pore psyche were based on economic refugee mentality. Seeking a better life, security & safety! PAP knew how to push the right buttons during elections.

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  • Haigen-Diaz:

    Harder Truths:
    Exactly. Well said.

    You are revisiting Ayn Rand when she said the worst thing a person can do is to sacrifice for the State. In the name of Nationalism the citizens are required to give up everything so the State can be ‘protected’.

    In America you are required to take an Oath of Allegiance to the Constitution – not the government. Free societies do not put the State above individuals.
    Japan, Germany and the USSR found this out the hard way. $G is on the way to falling off the same cliff.

    Bro, now that you mentioned Ayn Rand, I think if the 70% had read “Atlas Shrugged” or “Fountainhead”, Singapore may have been a better society today. But it’s all too late now.

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  • Great Asia:

    Shallow banana!

    Why shallow banana mentioned China?

    Which part of China’s long history this shallow banana has read about?

    Ha ha ha!

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  • Harder Truths:

    Haigen-Diaz: Bro, now that you mentioned Ayn Rand, I think if the 70% had read “Atlas Shrugged” or “Fountainhead”, Singapore may have been a better society today. But it’s all too late now.

    Agreed bro’. Agreed. Wholeheartedly. Ayn Rand was a visionary – her works would have changed our history. Regretfully only a handful will know of her and others like her.

    Do you notice the classics on democracy and freedom are not taught here in $G – this is on purpose. My nephew is taught these in secondary school in the UK.

    To destroy freedom of thought in education was the old man’s goal.
    We only learn what is necessary to serve those in power.

    You are right – too little too late.

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  • Ayn Rand ? What !:

    What ? Ayn Rand advocate selfishness and against altruism.

    So what wrong 70% vote pap ?
    So what wrong you die your business ?
    So white horse serve another of NS in aircon environment plus everyday go home whereas commoner NS charge up the hill and no bookout plus huard duty ?

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  • @Ayn Rand ? What !::

    Nothing wrong.
    PAP adopt Rand’s selfishness & against altruism by compensating themselves $$$$.
    and the people embrace ‘sacrifice’, right?

    Ayn Rand ? What !:
    What ? Ayn Rand advocate selfishness and against altruism.

    So what wrong 70% vote pap ?
    So what wrong you die your business ?
    So white horse serve another of NS in aircon environment plus everyday go home whereas commoner NS charge up the hill and no bookout plus huard duty ?

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  • @ Great Asia:

    Meaning you know alot about China history ?
    Please write article about China where ohers dont know ?

    Or comment something meaningful, educational or interesting rather than the usual ” ha ha ha … ” or ” banana ” .

    Nothing new coming from you exept always
    repeat the same thing.

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  • Kiasi kiasu gong kiasai:

    Listen to the cry of a woman in labor at the hour of giving birth – look at the dying man’s struggle at his last extremity, and tell me whether something that begins and ends in such manner could be intended for enjoyment. All life is not economic problems nor consumer trends to be resolved by expensive corporate strategies, but very much individual “human reality” to be experienced existentially: the struggle of moral conscience and the manifestation of emotional aesthetics.

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  • @Kiasi kiasu gong kiasai::

    Who is the kiasu gong sai here that he/she need to resort to plagiarism below? lol.

    Kiasi kiasu gong kiasai:
    Listen to the cry of a woman in labor at the hour of giving birth – look at the dying man’s struggle at his last extremity, and tell me whether something that begins and ends in such manner could be intended for enjoyment. All life is not economic problems nor consumer trends to be resolved by expensive corporate strategies, but very much individual “human reality” to be experienced existentially: the struggle of moral conscience and the manifestation of emotional aesthetics.

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  • Bad Boy:

    @ Great Asia,

    Perhaps u can comment on the following excerpts taken from China article website.

    ” 前段时间,民政部发布了《2018 年民政事业发展统计公报》,公报中统计了近年来的结婚率和离婚率。

    数据显示,近年来,结婚率一路下跌,到2018年,结婚率仅7.3‰,创10年来新低。而与此同时,离婚率连年上升,到2018年离婚率达3.2‰。

    这也就意味着,每1000人中,仅有7.3对夫妇办理结婚登记,同时还有3.2对夫妇办理了离婚登记。

    据民政部数据,目前中国有超过2亿单身成年人,其中包括7700万独居成年人。

    在中国,结婚并不只意味着两个人的结合。在中国的文化环境下,它还意味着买房、生孩子、养孩子、养老人… ”

    如此多的负担肩负在婚姻身上,年轻人们很难能觉得,结婚对彼此是一个双赢的结果。

    对于父母一辈来说,结婚才是唯一且正确的道路。但对年轻人来说,不结婚看起来更经济理性,尤其在买房、养孩子、养老人的经济成本如此巨大的当下。……. ”

    200 millions solos ,…
    77 millions adults living alone ….

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  • Pappy kiasu kiasi absurdity:

    RE: It is to be fooled into thinking that PAP gives meaning to Singaporeans. They too are humans, they have said so publicly that their political high pay is so that they do not sacrifice too much. They are not doing any metaphorical “gyokusai”.

    Think we are all gong kia sai? You crony elites won’t sacrifice for the nation like gyokusai but you tax us blue and consume our CPF blitzkrieg and call us Si Gui Kia when we scream for mercy with our backs against a wall of debts!

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  • BK:

    Yo to the bros (: !! Good weekend.

    It is impossible to understand Ayn Rand outside of her personal life, where communism confiscated her family business on the premise of the “collective”.

    Soviet Communism was socialism in a form that relegated private property to the State coffers, and many other policies that subtracted the individual for so called the “common good”. However, this “common good” was defined by elites and usually the dictator.

    The critics of Ayn Rand (which was not her real name) have their points. It is in sharing that an individual keeps its freedom. This balance between what is good for the individual within a context of social harmony is the never ending history of humanity.

    High tax or low tax. Freedom versus equal outcomes. Formal education versus apprenticeship. Every solution is the beginning of a problem. There is no permanent solution, but a resilience to adapt, predict and solve is the political question for each generation.

    In this moment in time. PAP in its political inertia, its self-interests, its top-down heavy philosophy and embedded governing structure cannot find the impetus to seek or be incentivized to change course.

    A tagline for this inertia can be: ” Why is the pay of Temasek’s CEO a secret?” Who does this profit? This secret. What is the motivation?

    It almost seems the revelation of such a secret opens the light into the dark, corner crevice, and Holy Smoke, beyond, there lies that rainbow with the pot of (political) gold that LKY was talking about.

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  • BK:

    XiMeansDie:

    Not a rebuttal. But it does conjures up a question. Is reality separate from the observer? Einstein won a Nobel prize but it wasnt for his famous postulate on General Theory of Relativity.

    One of the reasons is, it cannot be proven, it is a postulate, an assumption, although all calculations based on that theory works, including our GPS system. The reason is that the speed of light accelerates away from us no matter which frame of reference we use.

    Most things we measure, has a baseline, a basic reference, but as the theory goes, relativity means we have no frame of reference at all to measure the behavior of light in that theory.

    But, just coz we cannot measure, dosent mean we cannot feel or experience the effects of Relativity. And in many cases, the reality of science is mathematically contrived based on intuition and experiences. Meaning, it is observer dependent.

    Thus, the question, is God an experience or a fact? If it is an experience, then God is observer dependent. Now, just coz it is an experience dosent mean it is not a fact. It is not a fact, coz we cannot ‘measure’ it. Is experiences less real, of course not.

    Heaven does not need my approval, it is true, but it smiles at me anyway (:

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  • Haigen-Diaz:

    BK: The critics of Ayn Rand (which was not her real name) have their points. It is in sharing that an individual keeps its freedom. This balance between what is good for the individual within a context of social harmony is the never ending history of humanity.

    Long before she became “Ayn Rand” she was Alisa Rosenbaum who lived with her parents in Russia during the communist revolution. Overtime, she watched their family’s home and possessions disappear due to the communist government.

    I think it important to view her through the lens that shaped her. As with most traumatic events one survives, this experience gave her a clear eyed view of its faults but the solutions she envisioned were just as cruel and heartless. She also gave a framework for individuals to know themselves, and this seems bother many people, they work hard to evade their contradictory behavior. It was individualism that was her theme, and that rankles both sides, except the Libertarians who believe they are individualistic.

    It is logical that in revolting against a collective-type tyranny that the value of the individual be affirmed in order to re-establish the balance. Ayn Rand never found or never knew where the equilibrium rested.

    By contrast, Ayn Rand was thought a shallow anticommunist who became an ideologue of the Cold War. And the thing about Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead is that they are works of fantasy, but there is an ideological tendency to think of them as well thought out social and political analyses.

    The thought was for the most clever and talented to lead and so to benefit the entire society. Rand advocates for a way of life in which only the dominant entity at any one time has any freedom of action, with all the lesser powers having to seek the support of the dominant one to endure safely.

    But in the real world, we always need to be aware of the possibility of government authority being abused and even turning into tyranny, and what libertarians largely reject as outrageous government overreach.

    It is the trust that the people will cooperate more than they compete which enables us to enjoy civility in societies as well as tolerance of each other to be ourselves that is most characteristic of high civilizations, rather than the existence of self proclaimed elites who harbor illusions of being better than everyone else.

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  • Anon:

    Those who are enamoured with the philosophy of Ayn Rand ought to know the gruesome truth behind it.

    https://www.truthdig.com/articles/welcome-to-ayn-rands-america/

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  • Haigen-Diaz:

    Anon:
    Those who are enamoured with the philosophy of Ayn Rand ought to know the gruesome truth behind it.
    https://www.truthdig.com/articles/welcome-to-ayn-rands-america/

    @ Anon
    This conversation piece makes me feel less alone. I was beginning to think I might have been the only person who actually ever read Atlas Shrugged and the other writings of Ayn Rand in their entirety.

    She was an outspoken atheist and in total individual freedom. I have often thought that if everyone in our society was as morally strong as her protagonists, such a society as the one she described would be ideal. But it’s something that would take generations to acclimate to and in the interim there would be chaos.

    To me, her writings pose interesting questions and offer stimulating food for thought. They’re not a handbook for running an administration, they’re fiction. I think it’s telling that the book which became well-known during President Obama’s 2008 campaign who says Ayn Rand Is For Teens Who Are ‘Feeling Misunderstood’.

    Extremes often lead to other extremes whether actions or political thoughts. It’s obvious that few in any of the commenters here have actually read Ayn Rand’s work. I would simply recommend to any curious reader: DO NOT rely on second-hand comments. Read Ayn Rand for yourself. Make your own independent judgments.

    Thank you. This needed to be said. It always seemed to me to be about accepting personal responsibility for one’s words and actions.

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  • BK:

    @ Haigen-Diaz

    There is indeed great diversity in humans. DNA carries a certain propensity of character, but research has shown the context/environment provides the incubation for that character to manifest.

    And without question, a caring, sharing and loving context is the best hope to kickstart the better characters in us.

    Thanks!!

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  • oxygen:

    @ Haigen-Diigaz

    AUTHORITARIAN TYRANNIES ARE ALL HYPOCRITES, who practice voraciousley ECONOMIC VANDALISM.

    Why is Li-Ka-Shing’s belated call for “mercy” for protestors got so much anguished denunciations from Beijing and not so little contempt among HKgers?

    https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/hong-kongs-richest-man-li-ka-shing-tells-citys-leaders-to-have-mercy

    THE FIRST OBVIOUS ANSWER is that he & HK property tycoons were silent right from the beginning when Piggy Lam triad police whacked student protestors, JOURNALISTS. He has too much financial stake at risks to open his big mouth to utter of little “mercy”.

    Haigen-Diaz: But in the real world, we always need to be aware of the possibility of government authority being abused and even turning into tyranny, and what libertarians largely reject as outrageous government overreach.

    It is the trust that the people will cooperate more than they compete which enables us to enjoy civility in societies as well as tolerance of each other to be ourselves that is most characteristic of high civilizations, rather than the existence of self proclaimed elites who harbor illusions of being better than everyone else.

    To avoid doubt, Huawei founder, Ren Zhengfei, in a journalists Q & A interview session said on January 16, 2019 said these words.

    Ren Zheng Fei, Huawei founder : : First, I think there are very few success stories where public companies become strong and big. Capital tends to be greedy. Whenever there is an immediate interest, capital tends to take it away, and that would certainly compromise the long-term pursuit of ideals.

    https://www.scmp.com/tech/big-tech/article/2182367/transcript-huawei-founder-ren-zhengfeis-responses-media-questions

    IT IS ECONOMIC VANDALISM!!!

    Of course, billionaire tycoon, Pansy Ho outclassed Li-KaSing with this denunciation broadcast at the United Nations.

    Striking Hong Kong students ‘indoctrinated with police hatred’, Casino queen Pansy Ho tells United Nations in Geneva

    https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3026960/casino-queen-pansy-ho-makes-pro-beijing-case-hong-kong

    SHE WAS SMARTLY SILENT ON WHEN THE INDOCTRINATION OF STUDENTS WITH “POLICE HATRED” COMMENCED!!

    Accountants, lawyers, pilots and bankers joined in, WERE THEY INDOCTRINATED TOO?

    The correct answer is – PEASANTS STAGING SOCIAL VANDALISM dismantling greedy unlimited corrupt interest. Property tycoons are rich only in HK, captive enslavement & exploitation.

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  • Haigen-Diaz:

    oxygen: Accountants, lawyers, pilots and bankers joined in, WERE THEY INDOCTRINATED TOO?

    The correct answer is – PEASANTS STAGING SOCIAL VANDALISM dismantling greedy unlimited corrupt interest. Property tycoons are rich only in HK, captive enslavement & exploitation.

    @ oxygen, well said!
    Years of pent-up rage about Hong Kong’s autonomy, political system rigging, and widening inequality finally erupted. The extradition proposal, allowing the government to arrest and move individuals to mainland China, triggered the eruption, but it was the last straw, not the root cause.

    Many youth feel they don’t have a future. They see the economy being regulated in collusion with the state by a cartel of tycoons.
    Hong Kong’s people sees the chief executive as assigned by China and the legislature is organized in favor of unique interests and Beijing-serving parties, with direct elections filling only half the seats.

    There’s only change for the worse: booksellers kidnapped to the continent in 2016, Beijing’s jurisdiction expanded to a express rail terminus, foreigners critical of China refused entry, and now demonstrators and bystanders beat up as the police look away. The chief executive voiced more concerned about superficial harm by demonstrators to the Beijing liaison office than severe injury to innocent individuals caused by thugs friendly to a pro-Beijing lawmaker.

    With no moral authority to lead relying solely on assistance from Beijing, Chief Executive Carrie Lam will haplessly muddle through in Hong Kong at the cost of 7.4 million people in Hong Kong.

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  • Haigen-Diaz:

    BK:
    @ Haigen-Diaz

    There is indeed great diversity in humans. DNA carries a certain propensity of character, but research has shown the context/environment provides the incubation for that character to manifest.

    And without question, a caring, sharing and loving context is the best hope to kickstart the better characters in us.

    Thanks!!

    Thank you for the rejoinder. A great piece of gem you’ve created, above. Also a firm believer in the axiom: “it is more blessed to give than to receive” -kjv

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