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5/24/2024

A regret of Song Shen Zong

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Song Shen Zong's 宋神宗Regret


Some terms are so familiar that people often overlook their special meanings. For example, the term "regret" signifies a kind of sorrow so profound that not even death can easy it.


Song Shen Zong's regrets, same with some other  emperors, are entirely the same: they all had certain ideals, plans, but due to the brevity of life and lack of successors, their aspirations were ultimately lost.


Compared to Song Shen Zong, Sun Quan孫權 of the Three Kingdoms era三國時代had much smaller regrets. Sun Quan, dissatisfied with his sons, as they knew only  vying for power.  He had no choice but personally took up arms and eliminated all his power-seeking sons, leaving only a young son. However, by that time, Sun Quan was  old and nearing the end of his life. He was forced to entrust the fate of the country to his youngest son, actually he was  handing power over to a group of ignorant women in the deep palace. Allowing such a group of ignorant individuals to wield power against cunning figures like Cao Cao曹操 and Sima Yi司馬懿, Sun Quan was powerless. This is the essence of "regret."


"Regret" is an inevitable product of Confucian politics. The issue with Confucianism is not "lineage" 血統 but "rule by men." 人治  Any one can only hold power for his brief time, and when he pass away, the entire structure will collapse.  Properly managed authority had always been impossible. Grand plans constructed by countless wise individuals will collapse at any moment after his life time.人亡政息


Song Shen Zong 宋神宗(Zhao Xu趙頊)'s efforts, compared to Sun Quan孫權, were much larger in scale. With the assistance of Wang Anshi王安石, Shen Zong implemented new policies and reformed the country. However, Wang Anshi's academic background still reflected Confucian thinking, which prevented them from foreseeing the inevitable events that would unfold in a few years. It's like a train heading towards a cliff; anyone wishing to act must do so before the train falls off the edge.


Shen Zong couldn't make things right before the fall. He had spent his life to reform politics. However, after his death, his ten-year-old son, Zhe Zong 哲宗(Zhao Xu趙煦), succeeded him. With a child emperor on the throne, essentially another ignorant woman assumed power—Empress Dowager Gao高太后, Shen Zong's mother.


In this regard, the old party  had a much longer-term vision.  They had already secured Empress Dowager Gao's高太后 favor through the back door. Therefore, upon Shen Zong's death, Empress Dowager Gao immediately summoned Sima Guang司馬光 back to court and abolished all of Wang Anshi's 王安石new policies.


The Confucian way of thinking has a certain hypnotic effect, causing people to forget that the nation's fate is hurtling along the tracks towards the cliff's edge.


This is the essence of "regret." Liang Qichao梁啟超 said that every time he read the Song Dynasty's history宋史, he couldn't help but feel deep sorrow. He used a more accurate term, "grief," 大慟which goes far beyond mere "regret."



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 Addendum 2024:


After Shen Zong's death, the old party of the Song Dynasty immediately returned to power. All of Wang Anshi's new policies were canceled. This is the greatest flaw of traditional Chinese politics: "Any one can hold power, but collapses of his works and even the whole structure he had built are expected "人存政舉,人亡政息


It seems that nothing is permanent. Laws can be changed, constitutions can be amended. Once power changes hands, what was written down becomes empty.


What is eternal?


Can anything only get better and not worse?


Certainly, there is something.


There is a great force beyond human imagination, and that is vitality生命力.


Vitality leads to the destruction of corrupt states and the flourishing of new forces.


However, this great vitality still leaves people with regrets because a cycle may require a long time. Do you think it's easy for a corrupt state to fall? It can only be awaited with countless tears. It takes 500 years for another spring to come, which is too long.


If the universe's vitality is our final safeguard, then what other guarantees do we have?


How can we protect ourselves from decay?


Can we do it sooner?


Can we avoid the disaster that comes once every 500 years?


It is possible.


There is one more thing beyond laws, political systems, and even bank deposits.


Laws can be changed, politics and economics can change, and bank deposits are just virtual electronic numbers. Once a person dies, it all goes back to zero.


Chinese people say it returns to heaven.


It means you have to give up. Letting go and leaving everything to the universal force of vitality to handle.


In fact, there is no need to give up.


If you realize that the great vitality of the universe is actually "the heart," then everything becomes clear.


As long as the heart is present, good politics won't perish.


So do not let go.


Do not waste your energy on  virtual numbers and external businesses.


Keep up with the human heart is to embrace the future!


Of course, numbers must be grasped tightly. But the prerequisite is to  grasp the heart first.


Where there is a heart, there is a person. Where there is a person, there is business.


If the heart is not there, everything returns to zero.


All practical matters in the world are easy to handle. Where there are people, things are easy to accomplish!


Only the heart is the one that commands everything.


Do not let routine businesses command you.  Do not be a slave to your work.


With the heart, there are people to employ. Employ your people with their tools, for example, AI or BI.


Using the heart to use tools is the greatest principle.


Wang Anshi was mainly focused on works.  He was working tirelessly, and the only result was that Sima Guang司馬光 and his book, the so called "Comprehensive Mirror to Aid in Governing", was returning to the power.

 Those without a heart can only weep in the void and wait for anothet five hundred years of cycles.


And sometimes I do have a second thought.   Could the heart be that useful?  Yes, because heart is not individual.  Heart could be linked up into networks. Networks can grow.  A strong mind-network can last thousands of years.  And it is not easy to  deteriorate so long if it is honest, noble and  selfless .

Humans are governed by mind networks.  It is proved by history.   Mind networks are much stronger than any written documents.

Important is to build a mind for the future.





 宋神宗有何遺憾?

(問到底 No.7001   2008 0414 Monday)


    
有的名詞太熟悉,往往使人忽略了其中的特殊意義。例如「遺憾」一詞,就是說:某種哀傷,是這
樣的重大,連死亡也不能帶走。


宋神宗的遺憾,是跟若干中國皇帝的遺憾,完全一樣的:都是有某種理想,某種策劃,但因為生命短促,後繼無人,而付諸流水。


 三國時代的孫權,他的遺憾比起宋神宗,就是太渺小了。孫權因為幾個兒子爭權,十分不滿,因此親自起兵,把爭權奪利的兒子殺光了,只餘下一位幾歲大的幼子。但這時候,孫權也老了,不久人世了。被迫把國家命運,交給幼子,其實,即是交給了深宮中的一群無知婦女手中。就讓這樣的一群無知者掌握權力,對付像曹操、司馬懿,這樣的奸雄。但孫權也無能為力了。這就是「遺憾」。


  而「遺憾」是儒家政治的必然產品。儒家的問題,不是「血統」,而是「人治」。人存政舉,人亡政息,無法妥善安排權力,無數賢智之士辛苦經營的大局,
隨時會因為一個人的離世,全盤傾瀉。


  宋神宗(趙頊)的努力,跟孫權相比,規模大得多。宋神宗得王安石之助,推行新法,改革國家。但是,王安石的學術背景,仍是儒家思維。這使他們無
法預料,幾年後就必定會發生的事情。這好比一列開往懸崖的列車,任何人要想有甚麼作為,就必須要在那列車摔下懸崖之前做妥。


  神宗就是無法在摔下去之前做妥他想做的事。他一生都想改革政治。但是,他死後,繼位的是十歲大的幼子哲宗(趙煦)。兒童皇帝即位,換言之,即是另一位無知婦人即位,那是高太后,是神宗之母。


  而這方面,反對新政的舊黨,眼光長遠得多。他們早已從後門上車,早已得到高太后的歡心。所以,神宗一死,高太后立即召司馬光回朝,所有王安石的
新政,一律廢除。*


  儒家的思維方式,有某種催眠作用,使人忘記了:
國家大局是在奔向懸崖的車軌中前進的。


  這就是「遺憾」。梁啟超說,他每次閱讀宋史,都不由得悲哀大慟。他用了一個更加準確的「慟」字。那是遠遠超乎「遺憾」之上的大悲哀。



2024年後記

*神宗死, 宋朝的舊黨立即回朝。所有王安石的新政,全部取消。這就是中國傳統政治的最大弊端:  「人存政舉,人亡政息。」

似乎沒有什麼東西是可以永恆不變的。法律可以刪,憲法可以改。權力一旦易手,紙上的東西就變成虛空。

有什麼是永恆的?

有什麼事只可能變好不會變壞的?

當然是有的。

宇宙間有一種超乎常人所能想像的偉大力量,那就是生命力。

生命力使腐敗的國家毀滅,生命力使新生的力量興旺。

但這種偉大的生命力仍然是使人遺憾的。因為一個循環可能需要很長的時間。你以為一個腐敗的國家很容易毀滅嗎?衹能用無數悲慘的眼淚去等待。500年之後才有春天,太長了。

如果宇宙的生命力是我們最後的保障,那麼,我們還有什麼其他保障?

我們怎樣可以保護自己不至於腐敗?

可以早一些嗎?

可以避過那500年一次的大劫嗎?

或者是可以的。

有一件事是超乎法律、政制、甚至是銀行存款之上的。

法律可以改,政治和經濟都可以變,而銀行存款只不過是一個虛擬的電子數字。人一死,即歸零。

中國人説是歸天。

就即是放棄,把一切交回給宇宙間的生命力去處置。

其實是無需要放棄的。

如果你想到,宇宙間的偉大生命力,其實即是「心」,那就一切都清楚了。

只要人心在,人亡政不亡。

所以切切不要浪費。

切切不要浪費心力在那些虛擬的數字和無窮盡的業務上面。

面向人心,就是迎接將來!

數目字當然是要抓緊的。但前提是先要抓緊心。

心在人在,人在錢在。
心不在就一切歸零了。

世間上所有實際事務都是容易辦的。人多好辦事嘛!

只有心才是指揮一切的。

不要讓事來指揮你。

有了心,就有人。有了人,就有了工具。

以心役物,是最大的原則。

王安石只顧做,拼死的去做,唯一結果就是讓司馬光挾著他那部甚麽資治通鑑回朝。無心者只能哀哭於虛空之中。

等待吧,五百年之後必有循環的。


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有時我會重新再思:   心有那麼大的用處嗎?   當然是肯定的。因為心不是個體。   心可以連成網絡, 網絡可以成長。   強大的心靈網絡可以持續數千年。  如果這心的網絡誠實而且高尚,絕不自私利己,長時間都不會變質。

 人類是受思維網絡管轄的。  歷史已經證明了心的力量。 思維網絡比任何書面文件都要強大得多。

 重要是要建立面向未來的思想網絡。






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修訂:  2024.5.24








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5/17/2024

頭腦必須清醒

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以下是一篇多年前的舊文,觀點是完全錯誤的。


 9029  三國合作是必要的嗎?170222

  當前的時代,是三國的合作時代,但也可能是三國的苦鬥時代。如果三個國家的領導者不是目前的三位,也許,苦鬥的情況是更加可能的。

  美國,俄國,中國三者是非合作不可的。因為,許多大事,以一國之力,不可能應付。

又如果三國之間,牽扯拖拉,互撬牆腳,則這些事情,更加不可能成功。

  以對抗恐怖主義為例,就是以美國一國之力,極難成功的。

  恐怖主義的本質是仇恨。而仇恨向來是雙方發展出來的。無緣無故的仇恨,不可能發生。要消弭仇恨,就要建築很高的道德高台。只有在很高尚的道德眼光之下,恐怖主義才是可能對抗的。而這樣的道德高台,也不是口中嚷說一番就能建成的。必須以大的心力,合很多人的力量才能成事。

  其次才是以武力和恐怖主義對抗。

這更加是需要互助合作才能成事的。只靠一國之力,無成功希望。

  激進思想,無法以辯論或談判方式解決。這叫做劍在筆先。若無力量作基礎,任何討論都無用。所以,也是需要三個大國共同努力才有可能成功。

三國合作,無論是什麼問題,都可迎刃而解。     


後記:
這一篇文章,有嚴重缺點。

所謂「合作」,是有前提的。當三方的其中一方,暗藏吞併目的,其他兩方,只會自陷險境。

妖魔是不會跟你合作的。

妖魔只會用盡奸詐手段,毀滅你。

這世界上所有的重大事情,都需要全人類的共同努力。但合作是有前提的。前提是要有真正朋友。朋友只能跟朋友合作。而地球上的首要大問題,是有人企圖獨霸天下,吞滅對手。

所以頭腦必須清醒。
     
           李察記於2024年


5/16/2024

a song: Sad Sad Maria

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          Sad  Sad Maria   

 score and lyrics by Leechard


1.

Whatever I saw in the dark evening

It must be something coming

inside my heart

Whenever I try to see

Darkness covers all

I couldn't see any light


You are the only power in my mind

Without you I couldn't go anywhere


Oh, my dear Maria

There must be some more light


Light  so bright


Run over countries, countries,  somewhere somewhere


It would be too long to wait


2.

Whatever I saw in the dark evening

It must be something coming

inside my heart

Whenever I try to see

Darkness covers all

I couldn't see any light


You are the only power in my mind

Without you I couldn't go anywhere


Oh, my dear Maria

There must be some more light


Light  so bright


Run over books and books,  somewhere somewhere


It would be too long to wait

5/15/2024

What is the inner meaning of the Yugoslavia bombing by the US?

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What is the inner meaning?


The first  Communist country USSR was dissolved in 1991.


The next Communist country Yugoslavia was defeated in 1999.


The Chinese Embassy in Yugoslavia was bombed at the same time. 


It is the result of the East and West conflict since the  Opium war in 1840 when the East was badly robbed and injured  by the West.


The conflict has been started.


USSR, Yogoslavia,  and in the  psychological hopes of some people:  China,  will be eliminated to protect the sole interest of the US.


That's why they send a special plane to bomb the Embassy of China at the height of their bombing excitement.


This inner conflict has not been stopped since.


Seen and unseen powers were pushing towards this end without stopping.


The external result of the bombing was academic.


Some people thought that an unmanned war was possible. 


They could win the war without sending land soldiers.


But the inner meaning of the academic result was never disclosed:


That a soft and unseen war was also possible.  


They could win the war without sending soldiers to have a "regime change".



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Yugoslavia was bombed for 78 days. Any one with a feeling will be shocked by such barbaric action.

There is a strange reason for bombing if you search AI.

 AI engine would tell you that NATO are helping Kosovo to split from Yugoslavia as there was ethnic cleansing going on.

And you will wonder why they are not helping the Gaza people when the ethnic cleansing was real.


 



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5/14/2024

Why should I be here?

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This is a question of importance.

This is a question that can lead the Chinese from the usage of science into the science itself.

What is science?

Some would say science is money.

And they could never reach science.

Maybe they can earn some temporary money.  But the money will be gone sooner or later if they know only the using of science provided by textbooks.

Yet  science is simple.

You only need to know how to ask questions.

But many people refuse to ask questions like this.

" Why should I be here? "........ This is a dangerous question for them.  Lots of people consider this is a question for maniacs.

But this is the question of the beginning of science and it is too naive for experts and specialists and highly  qualified people.

They are all outsiders of science if they refuse to ask this question, maybe they have their own answers already.

They would never be the follower of Galileo or  Newton, not to mention Kua Fu 夸父.

" Why" is a simple word.

But it is never easy.

It is the direction of culture, and,  more importantly, the meaning.









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5/12/2024

What makes China?

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Why China is growing so fast?


Even the Europeans themselves cannot deny that China is growing quicker than many other Western countries.

It seems China has mastered using Western science and technology.

Yes they have mastered the usage of Western technology, though they have not mastered the Western science itself.

I hope the difference is not to be neglected.

They can use Western technology, yet they have not totally melted into the science.

They have not been following the paths of  Galileo, Newton and Einstein. 

However,  the ability in mastering Western technology is enough to make them rich.

They will be great if they can also master the science itself in the future.

And the question remains:

Why other countries cannot be so fast as the Chinese?

That is because they are mostly right-brainers.

They can leap over the complicated left-brain logic steps and quickly know how to do it via their right-brains.

And the right brain is better handled through the Chinese language.

That's why they can make better electronic vehicles, and even hydrogen powered buses.

And the next question is: how can the Chinese be failed?

Yes, they are good in making cars,  but they are weak in handling their own mind.

They are weak in handling internal affairs.

The war is fighting from within.

It is an unseen political war.

Western politicians are shouting loudly that they need regime change in Russia and Iran.


Will they kindly spare China?


Or,  the internal powers are already in the hands of the West?




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5/09/2024

a song: You are

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You Are 


I thought I love you,  

you are my hero.

I felt from your light,

you are pure and bright.

Rising sun,

climbing up the hill.

Give a smile,

Shaking all the world.

Sunshine,

You are mine.

What else could I have?

On my face,

it is all your choice.


Lyrics by Leechard,  2024




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