Historia, una interpretación / History, an interpretation.

La historia siempre es una interpretación. / History is always an interpretation.
Como notas pueden ser interpretados en maneras distintas. / Like notes they can be interpreted in various ways.

Aquí un serie de como los chinos interpretan las ultimás 500 años. / This is a series that shows how the Chinese interpret the last 500 years.

Es parcial ? / Is it biased ?

(Parte 1 y 2 se tratan de España y Hollanda / Part 1 and 2 are about Spain and the Netherlands)

El surgimiento de las grandes naciones / The Rise of the Great Nations
Pequeño articuló sobre el serie / Small article about the series.

chinese history

Do we care ? Are we informed ? Do we want to be informed ? Can we be informed ? Or is it easier to do MO (midden oosten / middle east (about 10 years now) ) bashing, MOE (midden/oost europa / middle-east Europe(yep it’s just begun !)) bashing, PIIGS (Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece, Spain) bashing ? 121221 Let’s add China bashing.

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“Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era”

Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era”

The 19th Party Congress is being held in Beijing.

BRI (Belt and Road Initiative)

Next boss ?

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Trump / Trump / Trump

Es presidente :-)
Va bién con el Occidente.

Que no son el 1%
O peór

Is president ;-)
Gaat goed met het Westen.

Dat het niet de 1% zal zijn.
Of erger.

Is president
Going well with the West ;-)

That it wont be the 1%
Or worse

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From the quite excellent, online, honk kong based (and owned by Ali Baba’s Mr Jack Ma) news source SCMP (South China Morning Post, mobile version bit strange) . Maybe as good as The Guardian,  or the FAZ. . Let’s also mention the Asia Times.

Do we want to be informed ? Or do we only want to hear what we want to hear all the time ?
Is the world still flat ? Or has it become round again ?

This the SCMP article and parodies on Mr Trump’s “America First” speech. Mind you that was the presidential inauguration speech ! Also has “America first XXX second” from India, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, China, The Philines, France, Germany. And Nl of course.

India second, or 1.5 because they being very adaptable

Dear Mr. President. This video is brought to you from India .

Dear Mr. President. This video is brought to you from India .

Y este por España , ó este ?!.

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81. Tao for the weekend.

(esp: vease abajo)
(nl: zie onder)

81. Tao for the weekend.

The subtitles (click ‘CC’) are not exactly correct.
The idea remains the same.

All 81 little chapters.

mr. laotze on his ox, with a friend

mr. laotze on his ox, with a friend

Bonus ! Some images for the weekend !
If you tire of the music you can always old fashionedly read it. Just search Google for ‘Tao Teh Ching online’. Or hey, maybe buy a ‘book’.

Tao para el fin de semana.

Los subtítulos no son exactamente correcto.
La idea sigue siendo la misma.

Todos los 81 capítulos pequeños.

Mooie complete vertaling in nederlands vam de 81 kleine hoofdstukjes: http://www.tekensvanleven.nl/

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OBOR. Map.

OBOR. Map.

OBOR = One Belt One Road.
Chinese intiative to reinitiate the Old Silk Route.

From South China Morning Post.
Nice, online english language newspaper to stay au-courant, and bit (china) indoctrinated, about chinese views (recently acquired, by AliBaba’s Jack Ma i think).


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Found ! Zhongyong. Doctrine of the Mean.

Found !  Zhongyong.  Doctrine of the Mean.

In an earlier posting I mentioned that I could not find an old chinese saying about ‘heaven, nature, and culture’. But now I found it and, silly me, it just happens to be the first line of one of the great 5 classics !

These were books that every aspiring chinese bureaucrat had to learn to pass the time-honoured ( Ming 1368–1644 and Qing 1644 – 1912 dynasties) civil-service examinations. In effect this meant they had to be known by heart (which might explain chinese/asian rote learning (also common in islamic learning) ).

As such it encapsulates, and formed/forms, much of chinese culture. In other words many of the cookie-wisdom sayings come from this book !

It is attributed to be written by Kong Ji, the only grandson of Confucius. It was published as a chapter in the Classic of Rites.

Below are two translations of the first sentence. The first by the venerable Legge (1893). The second by A. Charles Muller from 1991. I also added a third which is by the person i see if i look in the mirror. I do not like the word ‘Duty’ and i think it is very un-Tao- like (even though this is Confucian doctrine, more-over neo-Confucian doctrine).

(Zhongyong / Doctrine of the Mean 1.) 天命之謂性。率性之謂道。修道之謂教
(Legge, 1893)
1. What Heaven has conferred is called The Nature; an accordance with this nature is called The Path of duty;  the regulation of this path is called Instruction.

(A. Charles Muller, 1991)
1. What Heaven confers is called “nature.” Accordance with this nature is called the Way. Cultivating the Way is called “education.”

(Me, myself and i, 2016)
1. What Heaven confers is called “nature.” Accordance with this nature is called the Way (Tao). Cultivating the Way is called “culture.”

Just for your pleasure, below some other cookies from the same book. A lot has to do with how to order social relations, how to improve yourself, and how to govern a state.

13:3. “When one cultivates to the utmost the principles of his nature, and exercises them on the principle of reciprocity, he is not far from the path. What you do not like when done to yourself, do not do to others.” [sounds familiar ? ]

20:18 “Sincerity is the way of Heaven. The attainment of sincerity is the way of men. He who possesses sincerity is he who, without an effort, hits what is right, and apprehends, without the exercise of thought;– he is the sage who naturally and easily embodies the right way. He who attains to sincerity is he who chooses what is good, and firmly holds it fast.”

24:1 “It is characteristic of the most entire sincerity to be able to foreknow. When a nation or family is about to flourish, there are sure to be happy omens; and when it is about to perish, there are sure to be unlucky omens. Such events are seen in the milfoil and tortoise, and affect the movements of the four limbs. When calamity or happiness is about to come, the good shall certainly be foreknown by him, and the evil also. Therefore the individual possessed of the most complete sincerity is like a spirit.”

26:6 “Such being its nature, without any display, it becomes manifested; without any movement, it produces changes; and without any effort, it accomplishes its ends.”

Did you find some other goodies ?

By the way: Aristotle was also busy with a Doctrine of the Mean. The Budhha’s way is also called the Middle Way. Something appealing in not going to extremes it would appear.

Update Een nederlandse vertaling door Dhr. D. Eisma, Den Haag is zojuist verschenen. Mocht u interesse hebben in een bestelling gelieve dit te vermelden in een comment (uw email-adres wordt niet getoond).

Do you want to know more about the ZhongYong / Doctrine of the Mean ?

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