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6/25/2020

Miss the Poet




Last year I visited Yichang and looked at Zigui on the boat. It was the hometown of Qu Yuan, where he wrote Orange Song.  My friend said that oranges are the navel oranges here. Its so sweet that you shouldn't miss it.  It's a pity that I walked hurriedly and went to the market for a while and couldn't find the oranges. I went back to Hong Kong to find the orange song and looked at it again. Only then did I know that although the orange flavor is sweet, the spirit of the orange is still there.  It is the poem I should not have missed.  Today is Dragon Boat Festival, miss the poet.  I believe he is still blessing us.



6/21/2020

Happy Father's Day



  竹桿擔子兩肩挑
   呵呵大笑用力搖
    小小世界這麼大
     人間苦惱忘記了

loads are on my shoulder
they are dancing on my swing
the world is so small yet so big
your happiness is my  only concern


6/17/2020

I knew that


I knew that...........


明知帶唔走
何苦強佔有
物質與心靈
似乎須研究
根基在於心
心清通宇宙
肉慾迷心志
污穢染地球
烏雲不阻日
合眼懶追求
混亂從此起
世界有煩憂
恐懼無端發
食色當自由
搶掠為生計
骯髒又下流
限制人發展
不許人生存
人類往前進
合作大步走
簡單道理在
光明在我手
捨命求物質
錯想壞念頭
心靈統萬物
內外君知否
人類何所往
目標全通透
俗世渾無知
熙攘避憂愁
艱難惟立志
智慧有謀籌
快樂在今生
幸福有人收

I knew that all is not mine after life, why keep it?
What is mind and what is matter?
Why is it important?
Mind is founation,
Mind leads the way.
Mind communicates with the universe.
Desire makes a person blind.
Dirt replaces the planet.
Its unbearable.
How can clouds block the sun?
If you have not closed  your eyes.

Chaos starts and the world annoys.
Fears confuse mind
Lusts overcomes freedom
Robbing for a livelihood is
filthy and downgraded as
humans are noble.
Why block the way?
Why not let others live?
We cooperate and we are hope.
Its so simple an idea, just like you have truth at hand.
why exchange a life for the  external rubbish?
Because there have not been thinking.
We need to use our mind.
Do you know the inner and the external things?
We need to know where we are going.
With our mind we have an aim.
The most difficult part is to make up the mind.
Too many have never made up their mind.
We would solve all problems with  wisdom.
We would be happy,
Enjoying the eternal peace.




6/15/2020

loads on a pole





一斤擔子


一斤擔子兩肩挑
半斤八兩輕輕搖
能力才情雖然小
趕上陽光呵呵笑

my load is only one kilo
half and half on a pole
that is all I can carry
the  sun is shining so 
happy shall I go   


....

6/11/2020

What is me?

9257xx What is me?20200611



It is not a sad thing for me when I was forced to give up my collection of books. I did not have enough space to store my books. It happened three times. I picked only a few and give up all of the rest. I knew it pretty well that things were just like this. Important is whether you had digested your books and I did.

They were parts of me now.

The next thing comes to the collection of my photos. It was kept in my mobile for quite a time, and when I tried to retrieve some of them, it was not easy.

What do I need them for if I am leaving? I meant to leave for another world and nothing can be brought together with me. However, they were parts of me also.

Not only my books, but my treasured memories too. They were me and they would part with me.

It is so simple a matter I wonder why people can seldom understand it.

What is me?

I am the one who had digested many valuable thoughts. And I do believe my thoughts could be received by someone else.

It was exactly like a small grass on the lawn. The grass could grow up and could bring in something for the future. And so are we.

What are we?

We are increasing and I am part of we.

We are the increasing and the growing.

We are hope and we are tomorrow.

What is the point?

This is so simple an idea and were repeated so many times. What is the point?

The point is if we cannot understand so simple a thing, we would go astray.

We would turn ourselves into materialistic devils and could bring unhappiness to the world.

You can never put materials into your life, but by robbing others, you can bring unhappiness into this world.

Materialistic greed is the most dangerous trend of human beings.

It is not power that brings in corruption, but materialistic greed. Power is just another tool of the human beings, but materialistic greed is the source of ultimate corruption.

If we are to fight for a better future, we must know the basic nature of human life.

That meant we are souls more than bodies. Bodies are corruptible, but souls not.

Then we can have a simple conclusion:

To serve is happy, while to rob is not.

It is the reason why we need to serve not to rob.

What is me?

I would say, I am a server.





5/20/2020

not me with the moon



小我原本不是我
 詩魂喚我夜更衣
 藍光在地月在天
 人天互影兩纏綿


it is not me the single self which reacts
the soul poet calls me to wake up 
i change my clothes and saw
 blue light on the ground when 
the moon is on the sky
we are so lovingly hugging
man and heaven are all in one shadow 


5/18/2020

What is Philosophy?

9256xx   What is philosophy



Point 1:   We Are Souls

Philosophy meant what shall we do.  Without philosophy, we will be going back to animal state. No one can survive as human being if he doesn't know what to do.

And the problem is easy once we are sure that we are souls more than bodies.  

It must be a conviction, from the very young to the aged, that they must firmly believe that they are souls, and bodies are but the tools of the soul. Tools are your helpers, you need not to work for them, you need to keep your tools to work for you.

Just like any other animal on the planet, we need to survive. To survive we need knowledge and wisdom, which are parts of our soul. We can always survive better with a soul. We need to fight for survival like any other living creature on the planet, yet there is a higher aim of life. To survive like an animal is not enough for us. No one is willing to live like an eating and mating pig.

Eating and mating is common goal for animals. They would stop at that point. They may or may not have developed a soul.  We as a human being have more.

Why is it so important to stay in a conviction that we are souls?  Too many failed in the material world. If people are only working for a material body, they can never see the beauty of the truth, and they will be the negative force of human progress. Money oriented philosophy are the chief obstruction to world peace. They are trading everything for money, they are the causes of war. They are liars. They had never admitted their killing since the Opium War, until today.



Point 2:  To Seek and To Love

What is our final goal as human being?
It is one of the most important question for human.

We cannot answer that very question unless we are out of our present situation. It is like a fish will not know she is a fish until one day she come to live in the air and realized that she was a fish. We are the same.

One thing is for sure that if we keep seeking the true, the good and the beautiful, we will possibly find our final goal behind them. And that is a big project that we need to do it together, and that spells love.

Where does our love come from?

Love emerges in battle fields when people are fighting together for a noble aim. When we have love, we will find true and good things, and we would enjoy them as they are beautiful. Our goal will be waiting for us behind the true, the good and the beautiful.

Who else would like to seek for the fake, the bad, and the ugly? Those are people working as a slave to their bodies. Those are people who believe in capital and they would keep themselves in a bitter fight for money and luxuries and finally they will lose all happiness. Money is useful tool, but it needs not to be a slave of it.


Point 3:  Be A Real Soul

If for everything you have the conviction that you are a soul, then be a real soul.

If you are a religious person, be a real religious person. If you are an artist, be a real artist. Be a real one instead of a fake one. Be a real scientist and you will not deny your wisdom, be a real politician and you will not lie to your people, be a real business man and you will find real success.

This is conviction upon conviction. If you have the conviction that you are a soul not a corruptible body, then you will build up another conviction that you are real. This is the answer for almost all human problems. Any time if you have found you were cheating, that meant you had succumbed to the unreal bodies. Losing conviction is the reason for fear. A real soul is fearless, nothing can harm a real soul. A real soul is free. People with a conviction of their free soul create wisdom.  


Point 4:  Enjoy Life

Life is enjoyable, yet foolish people did not know this. Everything in life is enjoyable, from a breath of air to the early sunshine, any moment is memorable, if you can recall them. A glass of plain water is enjoyable, yet people are not satisfied and need a silver cup to drink and a gold toilet to flush.  Many wise people had taught us before. A gold coffin cannot put people at rest while Mozart one of the most beautiful human can only have a burial in nowhere.  A real soul needs not a gold coffin, only rotten bodies need them.

Our souls are real, the bodies are not. They are corruptible and cannot last. Only a real soul can last.

You can enjoy life with a soul. 

One important task for education is to teach children how to enjoy life. There is a beauty in everything of our life. Work is enjoyable, dream is enjoyable. Many things are enjoyable. Stupid people do not know this, they are soulless and they cannot find beauty in daily life, they can only find satisfaction in money, without knowing that ugly things can only give them fake satisfaction.

Material oriented philosophy is the source of foolishness. Yet we need them, pity them and love them. They were our yesterday. If all people are wise, then the world will be too balanced to survive.


Point 5:  To Serve and to Fight

To Serve is the most important concept about human. We must consider everything as a whole and not an individual, then we will know why we need to serve. If you are to serve the people, you must know the real reason of it. One is not only part of a whole but it is the whole. One drop of water is water. To serve is the best way of life.

We need not only to serve the people, but to fight for the people.

The world is never balanced. Negative power wants to ruin the future of our life. Without a concept to fight for the well being of the people is dangerous. All souls want peace, but the peace must be maintained in huge effort. Peace is a working goal for mankind, not a waiting goal.

The concept of fighting is extremely important. If one is not to fight for the people, then one is not to serve the people. Those are people who wants to be served.    

We are real souls.

Real souls seek the true, the good and the beautiful with love. Love emerges from fighting together. They wanted to serve the people and fight for the people. They know how to enjoy life.

A real soul is the source of wisdom.

They might possibly reach the other shore.



 a note  from the writer:

To fight means 戰鬥 or 奮鬥,
please take care do not mix up the two.




5/07/2020

What Are We?

9255xx  What are we 20200502




Are we dreams? This is the thought occurred to me when I was 11 years old.  I lost my mother suddenly. I was in the funeral parlor and that was a bright sunny day. The sun was so hot and bright that I could not believe it was a dream. 

If we are not dreams, then are we souls?

We are the souls which are the commander of our bodies. We know sooner and later all parts of our bodies are exchangeable. I will not be surprised if in a few years later that our whole body can be replaced. Only the souls are not replaceable. But wait, who told you that the soul is not replaceable?

If I am so rich that I can afford to buy a new body, and I am so crazy that I am not satisfied with my soul, and then I decided to replace my soul also. And the Soul Selling Company is so nice to ask me if I want to keep my memory and knowledge, I can decide to replace them together. Wow, can I know who am I ? And the shopper told me, it is easy like changing the license plate of my car. That means I can have a new body, a new memory, and a new soul. And the question remains essential. What am I going to do with my new life? Did I change my life already? If every thing is so easy, then what kind of career should I choose? Can I choose my spouse? Can I choose my parents? And one final question, can I choose my fate? And I knew that is not for me to choose, as I knew that fate is the interaction of people and happenings. That is not for an individual to decide. Then who can decide my fate? It is only by this very moment; I feel a little disappointed. If I cannot decide my fate, then one thing is for sure. Human kind is not to decide their own fate also. What will happen?

These questions seemed interesting, but they are irrelevant now. I would if I could in the future turn it into a small piece of entertainment. Some may like to know more about the fate of the poor guy who had given up his soul as well as his body, and acquired a new knowledge and memory in a new soul and new body.

Now the most important question is What Are We?

Human beings were fighting without any knowledge about themselves. They didn't know what they are and where they are. If they have a little more awareness about this, they would think otherwise. 

What are we?

We are souls more than bodies. And our souls are not unrelated. They are a great soul. They could be seen not only in space, but in time. And even in some unknown dimensions. We must be multi-dimensional. We are not the actual size of a length and width and even weight. We are living in time. All our past ancestors are actually one of us. And I guess we are connecting to some unknown source with unknown waves. That would be another dimension. You can forget about it but if you are not aware about it, you will have a bad time in the coming time. 

What does it mean by the soul?  Why do you say we are souls more than bodies? 

Yes, indeed it was observed by many brilliant souls before us. Shakespeare was but one of them. He is with us always. What is a Rose?  A rose is its perfume. 

What is a human being?  A human being is its result on the planet plus the universe and some unknown sphere.

Some of the human beings are interested in many things, they are seeking the truth, the good and the beautiful. They might have a feeling that the final results are hidden behind those items. 

Why are they doing so? 

Its because they have a feeling. They must have felt it. It is the inner feeling of love. 

If you have the feeling of love, you will feel uneasy without doing more.

To put it in a simple way, that is why we need to serve.

We are not to be served; we are to serve. This brilliant teaching is still with us. It is built inside our soul. It is my soul or your soul. 

What are we? 

We are souls more than bodies. We are love more than money. 

And I know it for sure, some might find this irrelevant. They would say so what, and go away. 

They had forgotten the most important item here. 

It is fate. 

No one can neglect their own fate. Yet they will not know it. 

Can you do something without knowing where is it and what is it?

Yes, we can. 

By our endless effort to seek and to serve, we will find it. And you are together with it already. That meant, we have found it already. The dimensional way is to see that time and space are reversable and accountable. 

We are now living in a fight. 

The United States is fighting with China and her friends, they wanted to destroy the unwanted and something unpredictable will happen. 

No matter what will happen, those with a feeling like this will win the heart of all.




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5/01/2020

‎Philosophy of this game


There is an important philosophy in this game.

 It is a matter of life and death.

Think for a while.





Or,  refer to Chapter One, The Zhuang Zi  Art of War.

4/20/2020

Where are we?

9254xx  Where are we 20200417


Most people will never ever think of this question. Ignorance is common. It is a question always remain unanswered. However, a little awareness can keep us awake. 

Where are we?

We have no map. We can never sure the real position of our planet in the universe. It is because, even our universe is an unknown. We can not know whether our universe is within a much bigger space. 

It is the same as we cannot know what is the tiniest particle. Everything can be divided into even smaller parts. Its an unending quest. 

We are living in a certain "level" of the levels. We will not know how many layers of levels upon or below us. We will not know what level we are in. 

There are two kinds of levels, I suppose. 

One is material and the other spiritual. 

That means we are living in a level of material world, and in a level of our total wisdom. If you consider our wisdom in a total form, you will know where the limits are. Some of us will be smarter and they will know more. However, in the form of a total wisdom, we as human beings can only come to the understanding of all secrets in life to a limit like present. And there will be a total wisdom of many levels ahead of us.

Temporary success and affluence had made people proud of themselves. They believed they were aristocratic and more noble then others. It would lead to failure because they did not know where the wealth come from. 

First you must know the whereabouts within your own level, then you can have the standpoint to quest upon other levels. Those who failed to know their location in the living level, can hardly be successful.    

We are living in a huge mystery.  We would not know what level we are in. The levels are an infinitive for us all. 

In such a  mystery, one question is vital. 

Who is in control of all these?

It seemed natural or old fashioned to believe if you know who is in control, you can do everything to please the controller and you will have some reward. And some would deny the controller. They would in turn ask another question:  What is in control? Or what is the law of everything?

It is not meaningless to discuss about all these. However, one thing is for sure. We are living in a huge mystery. We do not know where we are and we will not know what our total fate will be. 

What OUGHT to be done then?

It seemed not a very difficult question to answer. 

You need to survive. 

To survive you must have wisdom.

To have wisdom you will love each other. 

And you will be aware and quest for the truth.

4/03/2020

Why is the Yellow River cleared?

9253xx   Why is the Yellow River cleared?  20200403 


It is another biggest myth of China. 

The Yellow River had been yellow for thousands of years. But in the long run of Chinese History, it was said that Yellow River had turned green for 43 times. 

It meant, in a situation of Old China, Yellow River could still be cleared without any water and soil conservation work done. And it is difficult to explain. The longest time for a green river happened in 1727 which had been lasted for 20 days. And this time, Yellow River was cleared of its mud and sand for almost 20 years. Is it a result of conservation work completely? Though it was said that the conservation work is not a prove for the guarantee for the absolute safety of the River. The thickness of the Huangtu Plateau is about 100 or more meters, if super heavy rain were coming, nothing can stop the sand from washing down into the river to make it wild. The River still had a very big chance to run off-course. 

Now we have two issues here. One is why. Why the water is cleared? Where do the sands gone?

Two is how. If the river run off-course again, how can the Chinese people predict it and prevent the disaster to happen? It is not the task for the bright and brilliant future young scientists, it is a task for present. All weak points must be mapped in a super computer and a simulation of the off-course river running should be made, then the Chinese people could see how should they handle it. You will know where would the River be running by simulation. The Chinese might had done a computer simulation long ago, and it is indeed very good.  

But this is the second and easier part only. 

The more important part is in the why question. Are there any extra causes clearing the Yellow River?

This could be the turning point of science. And I do hope Chinese scientists could find out something new in Physics. Will there be another strange force hidden beneath the Planet like our Qi in the human body, which is moving and it is now right below the Huangtu Plateau (Loess Plateau) which have a tremendous force on the sands and drawing them sink into the river bed? If this force is found, there will be a true revolution of the modern science. I hope young people in China can aware of this problem and know the importance of it. We are all working under the old formats of Western science built too long ago. Now is the time to reveal the true value of them. 


3/23/2020

My Room (A new song for an old poem)


我的房間


山不在高, 有仙則名。   水不在深, 有龍則靈。  人在陋室, 有心常應。
嫩苗攀窗綠上枝,  日曬花紅花散影。
香江愚夫婦,   千載白雲情。 
間或彈舊琴 ,  唱新聲。
絲竹常入耳,  踏步有台型。
知己會心笑,  域外寄叮嚀。
鳳舞行歌,     樂在天庭。


MY ROOM

If there is an angel, hills are great.
If there is a dragon,  waters are saint.
If there is mind,  rooms are echoed.
Branches are crawling into my green window,
Flowers are spreading shadows under the Sun.
An old couple in the Island,
Sweet love under the historical cloud.
Old pianos played and new songs sung.
There is music,
and they would dance.
Friends  smile and send a word,
With dancing and singing, 
your pleasure are high on the Heaven.





3/18/2020

Where to hide the wealth ( A Couplet in Chinese)




藏富於天   樂趣無窮  用之不盡
藏富於地   困惑惶恐  轉眼成空

Hiding the wealth in Heaven is happiness without end,   it is unlimited use forever.

Hiding the wealth on Earth is miserable and fear, it would soon be gone.

3/14/2020

What is the best way to do away the global disaster?

9250xx   What is the best way to do away the global disaster?  20200313 




It is a truly global disaster. Human beings had never experienced it before. All other disasters were local problem which can be handled. We hope the scale of this global disaster can be limited and controlled, if a method was found to handle it. Up till this moment, no one can predict the aftermath of this event. It could lead to other disasters and no one can foresee the future scenario. There will be unexpected happenings. Governments and political systems are so fragile and a major reshuffle can be predicted if the disaster is not going away soon. I hope it is not a threat from Mother Nature to push us into another stage of evolution. We are forced to improve ourselves.

There are two different type of thinking habits on this planet. One being left-brain oriented, they are best at counting and measuring and can see things in an external and material way. The other being right-brain oriented, they can see things from a total aspect and use more intuition and would like direct trying on events. To put it very simply and straight forward, we would say it is the different approach of the West and The Chinese. The Chinese way is not the Eastern way. It is a long story and we shall discuss it later, if we still have time before the disaster is gone. 

Chinese medicine is totally different from traditional Western medicine. But we can see during this disaster, Chinese people were using mainly Western method. They seldom mentioned Chinese medicine in the treatment. It is not easy to know the results of the Chinese medicine in the treatment. 

I had read a story from the internet that a Chinese medicine doctor said he had cured 18 patients by using a kind of meridian point injection. He chose only 4 of the meridian points and injected a little of some simple medicine like Phenol into it. All 18 patients were healed. He said he had kept a complete medical record.  However, some said he was lying and did not believe him.    

I do hope what he had said is true as the Chinese medicine and meridian point injection are much easier and a lot cheaper.  Not every country can afford the costly Western medical machines. How many breathing machines and ECMOs can you find in all Europe and, will they be enough for all the Covid-19 patients in one single country like Italy? If a cheaper and effective treatment was found, we are  saved.

What is the point here?

The point is the Chinese people have not taken it serious enough to monitor and test the Chinese medicine methods. Only examined methods can be accepted. If the Chinese people wanted to help, first they must gain the trust of the world.  

If they could find out a method to handle the epidemic, and the method was tested and accepted, everything will be different. 

Is it a management problem?  People would say the above mentioned doctor is a cheater, but there is no prove. What if he is honest and his method useful? To see it from a management side, it could easily be seen that the doctor did not have any authority approval or disapproval for his method. He is being neglected. It seems that powers are on the hands of Western medicine people in Beijing and the Chinese medicine people have not much power to decide things. On a management level, The Chinese should set up a system to quickly find out a treatment method for the Covid-19.  Will there be specific remedy for the treatment? When so many of the patients were treated and cured, there must be a medicine for them. And it seemed the treatment were mainly Western. What about the Chinese method? It is certain that all other treatments including the meridian and acupuncture methods should be tested quickly for an urgent and global need.  Results should be examined by the authorities and let everyone know which is useful and which is in doubt. 

It is a management problem more than a medicine problem for the time being.
   
There might be other problem besides management problem. Political problem could be another big issue which has determined the present situation.  

It is not a big surprise to see if the matter is from a different view of the political powers. If so, China is in a bigger threat than the virus.

Reference

 http://www.bjnews.com.cn/inside/2020/03/05/699418.html



3/12/2020

Dancer ( a Couplet in Chinese )


I tend not to inspire your soul with my heavily embroidered costume,

But I shall dance madly to move my highest heaven.

不求色錦移魂魄
但以狂舞動九天

3/04/2020

心 和 人 心




第二章    心 和 人心
           (莊子兵法    第二章)
                     (新內容)

第一節   兵法與心法
第二節   心的理論
第三節   領袖魅力
第四節   精神的循環






第一節    兵法與心法


戰爭中最重要的是心。

勝利並非由於武器, 而是人心。 

在物質世界中作戰的雙方,失敗的一方總是輸了人心。 他們以為作戰的勝利因素是物質和資源, 但這是不一定的。 物質和資源都很容易易手, 人心更加容易易手。 集體催眠時常發生。 其實這是很古老的教訓,可惜今天的人以為,大吃小是必然的。 如果真是這樣, 世界就是很簡單了。智慧就完全沒有用了。這是不符合進化原則的。 小勝大也是有可能的。 

第一重要是自己的心,第二重要是掌握人心。 

古往今來, 很多領袖都只看到「人心」,看不到自己的「心」。這是他們失敗的終極原因。 無數平庸之輩,根本不知道自己是有心的。必先有心,後有人心。

另外一個問題是財富的副作用。本來財富只是資源,無所謂副作用的。 但是,當一個人的錢多了,他就很容易只顧管理金錢,看不到其他事情了。以為,生活問題解決,國家就穩定。 所以他們都會親自看管金錢,至於其他事項, 例如傳媒, 電台,電視,報章,雜誌,文章,小說、、、 ,完全不管 ,只讓隨便的人去管。 

國之重器,第一是自己的心,第二是人心。

人心是國之重器,完全不管一定出問題。 管理人心是很不容易的, 所以需要掌握哲學和歷史,還有文學和音樂。 至於其他科學、經濟、醫學等等, 雖然也很重要, 但那些都只是你的工具或者你的錢包,並非你的心。 心是被意識形態、理論、宗教還有哲學決定的。 第一流的領袖都喜歡這些方面。 心是有很多方面的, 有的心攜帶正能量, 也有的心攜帶負能量。 奇怪的是,正能量未必一定勝利 。因為勝敗和忠奸無關 。決定只在心的能量。

人心互相影響。最後集中為一個點。這一個點,就是領袖自己的心。在戰爭中,領袖是極端重要的。 沒有領袖就沒有勝利, 領袖通常都是眾人的燈塔。 眾人可以從領袖身上得到能源,得到力量。 不久的將來, 地球上是會有戰爭的。 也很難想像未來的戰爭是大戰還是小戰。 人是會犯錯的, 想錯了,就會發生大戰。 有人以為大戰不可能發生, 那是有前提的。 前題是要人不會犯錯。如果人會犯錯 ,什麼事情都可能發生。 所以不能盲目樂觀。 錯估形勢就會錯誤行動。

未來會有甚麼戰爭?

例如甲國可能和乙國開戰,丙國也可能和丁國開戰,都是人心之戰 。而且戰爭不是只有一種形態, 這一種不行, 就要採取另外一種,需要審慎判斷。 人心強弱是勝負的關鍵, 但注意不要看錯這一句話。人心強並不等於熱潮高漲,更不是仇恨爆發。強壯的心是以智慧為根基的。 面對強大的敵人,智者知道怎樣做。

對於中國人來說,春秋戰國的歷史是痛苦難忘的。 強大的秦國想要殲滅六國, 後來就把他們一個一個的吞掉了。 蘇洵曾經把這件痛苦的歷史總結為一句說話。他說,「 六國破滅, 弊在賂秦。」 六個國家都企圖討好秦國,都希望跟秦國保持友好關係。不斷奉贈昂貴的禮物和土地。他們希望跟秦國建立互信和友誼,卻得到徹底的滅亡。

問題在哪裏 ? 

問題在於他們自己的心。 他們早就在心的戰役中失敗了。歷史時常都會重複自己 。如果香港也是這樣被吞滅,中國人就會有一個大教訓。有人說, 香港是絕對不會被吞滅的。 但歷史不是絕對的。香港的問題在於人的思想。如果香港青少年的心沒有被催眠,如果中國沒有被不斷的妖魔化, 又怎會有這樣的動亂呢? 未來的歷史學家會告訴你: 人心失掉了, 土地也會跟著失去 。幸運是今日香港的人心未失。但這一條金律要切實記取:  土地是跟著人心走的。不斷有人聲稱中國不會滅亡。他們放心的說,國家不會亡,台灣不會失,香港也不可能獨立。但請留意一點,警惕不宜放鬆。國家不會亡,這很理想。但朝代會興替,領導人也會不斷更換。如果有人以為,國家是永遠安全的,是永無後顧之憂的。那就請他回答一句話 : 為什麼? 為什麼你要這樣想?

另外一條很重要的問題是: 我應該怎樣建設我自己的心。這就是莊子所說「成心」的原理 。很少人曾經這樣想。一般人都只想學點技術,技術可以賺錢。無數領袖都想著買多點武器,或者盡量跟各大勢力保持友好。

「成心」是莊子的重要思想,希望可以在這小篇幅裡說明一些。也想不到,原來兵法也即是心法。聰明人百戰百勝,心法是必須的。 能夠好好建設人心,那就意味著, 無論未來有何種大衝突,國家都是穩固和平安的。

這裡是兩個重要的分別。第一是你自己的「心」,第二是你的「人心」。這是重要的原則。第一是有自己的心。有了自己的心,才可能有人心。沒有心的領袖,是不可能有人心的。

「人心」的重要關鍵,並非教育,並非傳媒,並非軍隊,並非宗教。

「人心」的重要關鍵,第一在於領袖自己的心,第二在於內部的核心領導班子。

有了心之後,核心團隊就是決定一切的。

這是成功的最終決定因素。在很多國家,這是最弱的一環。如果核心成員被收買了,那麼,要更多的精良武器都沒有用了。這一個班子,就會變成國家的敵人。倘若核心團隊各懷異心,形勢會變得惡劣。所以領袖都必須保持純潔。但純潔也未能完全免除外來敗壞。連耶穌都是會被出賣的。

這是千古難題。有心人也只能盡一己之力,盡力去做。智者有心,是不足夠的。智者必須有擁護自己的核心團隊,才能夠把理想發揮出去。耶穌有十二門徒,但這十二門徒之中,有多少人真正了解耶穌?耶穌的基本思想,大約只有約翰較為接近。約翰後來寫成了一部約翰福音。耶穌終生傳揚愛的訊息,最後加多一點,他說需要再派一位聖靈來,傳揚智慧。沒有智慧的愛,是虛空的。西方文化兩千年來,並未真正接受這一訊息。耶穌表面上是被猶大出賣,但實質上,一群無法領會耶穌智慧的門徒,才是真正出賣耶穌的。他們根本不知道愛是甚麼。 西方文化多少年來的宗教逼害和教會醜聞,只是其中一小部份。

關於基督文化的大問題,目前只能在一兩千年的範圍內去估測。這其實是更大問題,很難預料一兩萬年以上的情况。話題扯得太遠,題外話本來不宜在此詳述。此刻我們只需要注意,我們需要一顆心,還需要一個心的核心團隊。僅此而已。層次是另類思考,但是,也有一個很顯淺的量度方法:那就是「時間」。能夠從一千年上下去觀察時局,是一種層次。唐朝的崔灝說,白雲千載空悠悠。他的心就不是只看眼前風景的。一千年很容易感受,因為有歷史。但一兩萬年之後的比對,就艱難了。兩萬年之後的中國和美國,回顧起來,你會大笑或者大哭。我們此刻無感覺,層次太低。

心的力量是非常大的。心是氣聚的地方。此消彼長,也不必憂心邪氣壓正氣,劣幣逐良幣。邪氣是必然存在的,正氣旺,邪氣就餒了,難以作為。這是基本的,雖然也會使人誤會。文天祥的正氣夠多了,但他不能挽救國家。這是因為,正氣是要和智慧結合才有用的。

高層次的思考會看到事情的規律。低層次的思考,會注意剔除壞份子,但他們看不見大勢。高層次看到遠處,低層次只看目前。具備智慧的心,高低層次都照顧,會主動採取措施,推動社會和國家。動作一出,訊息就會傳播於有形與無形。所有的人,都會看到。人心是和智慧相溝通的。人心是有智慧基因的。所以,傳媒是不可能完全操縱的。策略施展,全局波動。一燭之火,一心之力,可以照耀世界。這是人類文化之所以有希望的地方。

以美國的兩黨政治為例,另外的黨,不會同一心思。但當你在全國範圍建立了强大的心,另外的黨,就別無選擇,只能追隨。

美國的問題,跟美國文化的基本設計有關。一部份人以物質為上,不理一切道德倫理,絕對為利是圖,唯一目標是享樂。這一部份人,正在帶領美國以至世界,走上極端危險的境界。但是,美國人之中,仍有很多是不同意這種想法的。他們以原始的基督精神作為生命的目標,並不以為物質化的世界能夠解決問題。美國的兩黨制,目前並未完全反映這種基本形勢。美國人的思想是這兩大趨勢,但黨派的權力,並不一定如此走向。到有一天,其中一個黨走上了徹底物質化的道路,另一個黨就會徹底的心靈化。但這是不良趨勢。因為,完全的物質化和完全的心靈化,都是錯誤的。問題是要找到其中的平衡點。能夠分清主次的一個黨,會得到最後的勝利。因為只有這樣,美國的長遠利益和短期利益,都會照顧得到。因為真正的問題並不在於物質還是心靈,而是找著了前進的目標和方向。

至於一黨制,原理大約相同。領導機制內部必定會按照思想的不同而分為不同的秘密派系。因此,心就更加重要。路綫決定了,分裂也必定遲早出現。黨內有黨,敵人會充份利用,無可避免。沒有人知道,敵人投放了多少力量和資源去作這件事。有心的地方,就會有敵人存在。心是保護國家最重要的防衛力量,也是對抗敵人的主要戰場。

政治家不會忘記孫子的一句話。他說,知己知彼,百戰不殆。而所謂「知己知彼」,不但只是要知道自己和對方的實力,還要知道雙方的「心」。對方的基本設想,圖謀,層次,敵心我心,必須清楚。 

另外,還必須看到孫子隱藏著沒有說的一句話: 「沒有人可能做到徹底的知己知彼,所以,戰爭是凶險的。」打算開戰的人,往往失諸魯莽。除非不開戰,一開戰,你自己的實力就會暴露,讓被你打的人,看得一清二楚。時間會顯露一切。時間愈長久,你的真實情况,就被人看得愈清楚。知彼知己,要長期測量。戰爭一來,「彼」和「己」的底綫,都會呈現。戰爭會使人看清楚真相:這同樣是孫子智慧衍生的教訓。戰爭,是更加重要的思考時刻。戰場,是最寂靜的地方。智慧都是這樣走出來的。吃一虧,長一智。敵我雙方的本質,總算是在痛苦之中看到了。

孫子還有另外半句未說的話:「永遠不要低估謀略。」對方有了新謀略,而你不知道,還在憑著舊觀點判定對方,肯定要吃虧。所以不要低估敵心,不要低估謀略。所謂科技,也是謀略的一種。低估科技,以為人家的射程只有一百米,會小敗。但低估謀略,就會大敗。未曾知彼知己,當然不會知道人家的真正謀略。 吃虧之後,就知道了。吃虧之後仍不知道的,就滅亡。 知己知彼不容易做到,但對方的謀略,切勿低估。不要以為對方只是貪心和意氣用事,那種內在的心腸,是絕對需要知道的。

關於心和人心的道理,暫時說到這裡。

問題是:我們未必知道甚麼是心。



第二節  心的理論



甚麼是心?

目前的認識,是很不清楚的。

心不止是思考的工具。一顆比較好的心,可能有洞察力。也有語言以外的溝通能力,亦可能與大自然溝通。有時也可能預見災難,甚至預測地震。心的進化,肯定是有遲有早。有的人,表面上是聰明一些,其實可能是進化早了一點。有人相信,人是可能跟超自然力量溝通的。雖然這是充滿爭議的。但是,爭議不能阻止有心探索的人。因為,心的力量實在是太奇怪了。

心是會進化的。心可能是最重要的人類進化環節。當人類去除了尾巴,直立行走,所有外在的肢體進化,都似乎定形了。接下來的,就是心的進化。

未來的進化世界,人類可能毋須使用電話。所有訊息,都從腦電波直接收到。這樣的天方夜談,很難置信。但未來人類肯定會更多利用心靈溝通。未來世界,必定改進。所有人都有了洞察能力,都有了溝通能力,是毫不出奇的。

此刻,我們就是活在這樣的一個進化前夕。所以,需要知道多一點。

在進化的目前階段,我們需要知道「心」和「精神」的分別。

所謂精神,就是儲存在心裡的「內容」:你可以把「內容」放進心裡。你也可以把「內容」放進你的「人心」裡。甚至放進敵對者的心裡。

表面上好像是很容易。但其實,真正的精神,都是在心裡「生長」出來的,不是外來植入的。健壯的精神,需要千年以上的生長期。但許多時候,一種壞的教育制度,也可以在數年間,就把愚蠢的心態灌輸到學生心裡。

最壞的情況是,教育系統被敵方的秘密黨派控制了,天真的孩子,就會被訓練出來對抗國家。有天分的人,有自己學習的能力,他們會主動學習,廣讀群書,精神不受污染。但問題是大量平庸之輩。他們很容易就被秘密力量催眠的。他們不愛讀書,只聽朋輩唆使,只接受潮流觀點。所謂流行文化,其實是被利用的。當他們加入了秘密黨派,就是敵方的生力軍。在敵國內部建立秘密軍隊,容易之極。他們可以用磚塊和石頭,制造政變,把國家置於外國勢力控制之下。這是很便宜的戰爭,更是非常安全的戰爭。不是說戰爭凶險嗎?但這種戰爭,可把對方催毀於無形,並無凶險。

所以,精神是比軍隊更重要的。所有國家,都必須有屬於自己的精神。這是千古不敗的保証。沒有强健的精神,失敗轉瞬即至。



要說明甚麼是心不容易,但精神是却是可以看到的。精神並不只是在理論和文獻之中,而是在人們的實際行動。好的精神,存在於各種英雄人物之中。至於負面的精神,則會出現於不良的人物之中。檢視中國人遠古和近現代的各種英雄人物,就可以知道。

中國第一位英雄是夸父。他想知道,太陽晚上去了那裡。他奔跑追逐太陽。當他氣力不支而死的時候,把手杖插了在地上。手杖後來長成無窮盡的森林。夸父是以智慧追求知識的英雄。追尋知識,是中國文化的良好開始。

第二位英雄是女媧。她想到,天空一定是裂開了,她想到要用一塊石頭去修補天上的裂痕。她把石頭燒溶,再用來修補天空。她是第一位知道天是不平衡的,是有缺陷的哲學家。她想到要用人的力量去補足。這一點,是和世界上許多大型文化完全不同的。這是一種很實際的思想。人和大自然的關係,從此確定。

第三位英雄是卞和。他在深山發現了一塊蘊含美玉的璞石,冒死送給皇帝,被砍掉一條腿。其後他再次把璞石獻給皇帝的繼承者,又被砍掉另一條腿。最後,第三位皇帝登位,他在宮外抱石哀哭。這位皇帝命人剖開璞石,就是著名的和氏璧。卞和的目的,全是為了貢獻。生死早己不顧。

第四位英雄是孫悟空。平庸的說書人,都把故事的第一章刪去。其實,動機是非常重要的。孫悟空周遊世界,到處尋訪老師。他渴想知道生命的終極意義。他終於找到一位老師。老師告訴他生命的一切秘密。當他全部明白的時候,忽然間發覺,他已經擁有了天賦。他能夠對抗任何敵人,也可以飛越任何地方。明白生命的人,是徹底自由的。這故事肯定是被封建勢力改寫的。孫悟空後來變了,不再是英雄,他變成了主人的奴隸,只會服從。看這樣的書,需要很清醒的心靈,從本源處找尋真相。

第五位英雄是總共一百零八位的好漢。 他們都是一本書裡的故事人物,但已經家傳戶曉,深受認同。這書名叫「水滸傳」。但這本書,亦逃不過被封建秘密勢力修改的命運。書的情節都被暗中修改了。一百零八位英雄,最後都向封建勢力投降。但奇特的是,儘管故事情節已經不可接受,但這些英雄的性格,却依然存在。都是肝膽照人的真英雄,是與春秋戰國以來的俠客精神一樣的。深受感動的讀書人,都同意,這樣的生活,才是最值得活著的。生活之中,如果可以交到像這樣的朋友,就是至高無上的快樂。所以讀書也即是讀人,所欣賞的是人的性格。相比之下,時下的一些名著,人物猥瑣卑劣,作者的心態,在不自覺中示現了。

第六位英雄是賈寶玉。他的形象,已經與中國人結合。他代表中國文化精神的尖銳反抗。而這本書,甚難了解。因為,書是在封建最高壓的環境中寫成的,作者想說的話,全部無法出口,只能以一種艱深的隱喻,希望未來的讀者明白,把中國文化的基本精神,傳承出去。書的作者,絕非胡適所認定的曹雪芹,而是一個完全隱去名字的人。胡適是親美文人,之後,這胡適觀點就被某些人真理化了。紅樓夢的作者深深知道,唯有隱去名字才是安全的,這書的內在訊息才有傳播的機會。賈寶玉的性格,是中國文化的純潔象徵。

中國文化中的英雄數之不清。每一挑戰,都產生大量英雄。從古到今,英雄人物此伏彼起。新中國建成之後,英雄人物更是百出不窮。各種領域都有,從各種建設到太空探索,英雄的心正在帶引中國。2020年的抗疫事件,其實質是一場戰爭。在戰爭之中,大量英雄人物顯現。他們的精神,就是中國精神。中國不是一天建成的。每一場戰役,每一次努力,都是中國精神的鍛煉。從眾多英雄人物的內心世界,就可以看到中國精神。

中國精神,是中國人放在心裡的內容。其中的意義,就是哲學。夸父代表中國人的探索精神,而女媧知道了大自然並非絕對完美,需要補足。所以需要奮鬥。卞和就是奮鬥精神的代表。從古今英雄,可以看見生命的意義。活著不是為了「健康」,更不是像某種外國邪教所主張的,只是為了死亡。只要看看英雄們就知道了。卞和並不是為了健康,更不是為了死亡而活著。英雄都有崇高理想,並非為了物慾。物慾是一條試煉的紅綫。過了界的人,一定失足。

精神是比軍事更重要的戰場。反對勢力竭力推廣孔子的儒家思想,沿用封建時代的「陽儒陰老」那一套。從鴉片戰爭以來,多少英雄人物努力奮鬥才有今天的成就,他們完全反對。 胡塗的人們永遠無法看到中國哲學的精髓。他們不可能明白夸父和女媧,更不可能明白為甚麼需要為人民服務。盲目推廣孔子的服從哲學,暗中套用老子的陰謀策略。這一套思想,也是此消彼長的。邪正不兩立,戰場就在身邊。

部份人抱著儒家思想不放,原因複雜。但儒家思想只能反映封建的社會經濟,儒家是小家庭制度的個體眼光,根本與社會主義的一心為公精神絕對不同。長遠看去,儒家勢力不可能永遠把持中國。未來的中國,也可能繞多一些圈子,走上痛苦的回頭路,但大公無私的大路,是不可能回頭的。無論多麼久,中國人的路只有一條。




第三節   領袖魅力


歷史上,很多領袖都深刻知道心和精神的道理。表面上,都說是一種領袖的「魅力」在起作用。實際上,他們都是思想領先的領袖。

什麼是魅力?

魅力是優秀領導者最重要的本性。 有魅力的領導者有影響力。 因為他思想領先。

歷史上最具魅力的領導人之一是君士坦丁大帝。 他是公元306-337年間的羅馬皇帝。 那時他已經被敵人壓得透氣不得了。 故事說他在一夜之間突然改變。 他為帝國選擇了基督教,並命令士兵們在盾牌上劃一個十字架以進行戰鬥。 從此,勝利就是屬於他的。他贏得了戰鬥,使羅馬成為一個龐大的帝國。 許多宗教人士認為這是宗教的神秘力量。但實質問題並非宗教,而是他利用了整套的宗教哲學,控制了人心。人心不是說來便來的,更不是三言兩語可以扭轉大局的。但宗教哲學是完整的思維系統,掌握在他的手上,施政就得心應手了。他運用心的力量團結了人民,贏得了戰鬥。 向來,他的帝國缺乏精神。 現在,他找到了一種精神,並將這種精神融入了帝國。 這就是他的魅力之所在。

誇張的歷史傳說,說他是在一個晚上改變的。 那真是太棒了。 沒有人像他這樣勇敢。 許多人會遲疑許久。

下一位具有超凡魅力的領導人是俄羅斯的彼得大帝(Peter the Great)(AD1672-1725)。 他發現西方啟蒙運動非常有用,並為自己的帝國選擇了它。 他的帝國也發生了同樣的事情。 他在那個時代創造了一個巨大的俄羅斯。

具有超凡魅力的領導者最重要的功能是善長於解釋。 他可以告訴追隨者,事情的本質是什麼。 他的腦海中有了全貌,可與追隨者分享。 他無需了解宇宙和地球的所有知識。 但是他知道自己在做什麼。 這意味著他所確定的是未來。 未來就是國家之路。 他擁有堅強的精神。 憑藉強大的精神能量,與所有人分享。

一整套的哲學系統在他手上,他其實是毋須多費唇舌的。全部系統,都在支持他。

一本好小說必須有一個好主題。 一個好的領導者也必須有一個好的主題。 當主題與系統結合,被所有人接受並相信時,成功就在不遠的地方等著了。








第四節   精神的循環

精神的發展,有時會以循環的形態出現。 

美國精神是從幾百年前的清教壓迫之中醒過來的。他們宣布擁有追求快樂的權利,於是,清教吃苦精神的過去就變成了金錢和享受導向的今日。 自從美國人建立國家以來,這個週期已有很長的歷史。

從文化大革命到現在的開放市場經濟,中國人經歷了類似的周期。 它要短得多,而且規模不同。

如果美國人民能夠從追求快樂的夢想變成追求智慧的夢想,他們將在世界上找不到敵人,真正快樂。 奧巴馬總統在就職演說中隻字未提一個「愛」字,當他發現有人對此評論時,他改變了。 自那以後,他在演講中一直是「愛」的熱情推動者。 其後的唐納德·特朗普總統從未在其推文中表現出對「愛」的任何興趣。

 美國人民不容易意識到自己處在精神發展的週期中。他們只會不斷宣稱他們最珍貴的「核心價值」。 如果他們了解自己的真實情況,將發現自己更加幸福。





















2/29/2020

Two Poems


The River

長江白水去復來
循環往復美妙哉
努力向前奔與跑
百千萬年一英才


The Stars
靈台背負天神矢
萬籟無聲夜作詩
星空幾點微微閃
贈我寒光沾我衣

2/27/2020

500 tonnes of insecticides



India had used 400-500 tonnes of insecticides to eliminate a swarm of locust  one km in width and 3 km in length in February 2020 in 13 hours, according to the Times of India.

2/20/2020

Locust Problem

How should we human beings handle Locust problem?

It was a hot summer night in Hong Kong last year.  I was taking a good time to practice Qi Kung in the Hong Kong University Sports Center.  It was around 9 o'clock by the night. I observed that there were quite a few insects around the street lamps. Those were newly installed LED lights, bright and white. I had a laser pointer with me by then. I used it to spot the stars. However, I tried it on the insects. I burnt one which was crawling on the ground and see how it would react. It just stayed motionless at once. And then I tried it on the flying insects around the street lamps. But they were too fast, I spotted nothing.  I saw only a beam of laser light moving in the air. 

I searched in vain for around 10 minutes and I decided to give up. Half an hour later, when I packed my things and preparing to leave the place, I turned and inspected those street lamps one last time.  

All insects were gone. None of them could be found flying around the street lamps. I checked the other street lamps in the Sports Center and there were no insects anymore. It was less than one hours' time and should not be happened so fast. 

When I left the Sports Center finally and drove around the corner and turned to outside streets, there were no insects too. And when I left the southern part of the Hong Kong Island and turned to the Central area, it was all the same. No insects. 

It should not be caused by my laser pointer. As the area was too far away, a small laser pointer cannot reach the atmosphere in such a short time. 

What had happened in that one hour? It remained a mystery in my memory for a long time. 

There was a news about the locust attack recently in India, Pakistan and other countries. It could be an outbreak of another global disaster to come. And it occurred to me suddenly several things. 

I do not think the grand amount of locust attacks can be eliminated by laser weapons, although it should be given a try. 

My points are:

1.
All these global disasters were but in one purpose, that humans should be working together to handle it. It will drive the humans to evolve in a collective or co-operative form.    It should not be the problem of one country or one system. It should be a total working aim for all human beings. If they cannot be organized like a big family, they should be working together hand in hand. This may be the second way of our evolution. The first way is our mind. Our mind is evolving more than anything else in our body.

2.
Our older method to handle the problem may be useless. In the past, everyone needs to wait. They are all waiting for the learned scholars and specialists to tell them what to do. And the scholars need more time as anything is not yet proved. Every finding of the scholars need a long processing time.  It seems that if your home is on fire, you can only use certified methods to handle it. You should only use water or CO2 or a blanket to cover the fire. If you have a 4th method, you must first summit it to the higher bodies to prove it. Can we use another method to get away from the disasters? That means, we must change our way of thinking. Or we cannot handle any other big event ahead of us.  Try any means and change our old thinking system.

3.
Act quickly. Do not wait for the locusts to come. some would think, the locusts may not be coming ourway, our country may not be affected. And it was wrong.  Countries can send people to India and Pakistan, but please remember, your people should not be scientists only. You can send other service people to handle the case. They might find out a better method. Try any means and try different people.      

2/16/2020

情人節 詩一首 Valentine's Day -- A Poem




願天下有情人有情
任此間無義者無義
領時代前驅輩前驅
等來世後知者後覺
這情人節特別快樂
瘟疫過後就是春天

2/01/2020

How can my soul travel without me?

How can my soul travel without me?

Yes, a soul can travel without its owner. You just see how some of the historical figure travels, you will understand. For example, Julius Caesar travels, and Alexander the Great travels, even a smaller figure like the fable writer Aesop also travels. And l would doubt whether the soul of a modern writer Leechard the small can travel or not. 

We need a higher angle to see into this. A soul is not the same with a life. They both have owners, yet a life have more than an owner. A life has a controller, the controller is the "self" of the life. A soul need not to have a controller. No one controls Alexander the Great, yet he is defined by history. Anyone can know who is Alexander the Great, and you can even be inspired by him. There are lots of great souls in history, they can be your energy sources, like the sun and the stars. You will grow up with lots of the energy sources if you are enlightened. 

Yes a soul can travel in history, and some of the souls can be forgotten and waken up again and again. We can never be sure which of the souls exits or not, however, we are the end result of some of the souls. And we can say that we are the souls. There is a controller for a life. Each life claimed that the life belongs to a pronoun of "me".  Yet a soul needs not to make a claim.    

It is good to know the differences of life and soul. We can be a little stronger to know this. We shall fear of nothing.  And you will wish to know, which is more important, the life or the soul? As a humble little creature like us, we usually regard the life is more important.  Many people just never have realized that there is a soul within the body. Yet if we can know the ultimate controlling power is in the souls, not in the lives, we would be much happier than we should be.  

How can my soul travel without me?

How can my soul travel without me?

Yes, a soul can travel without its owner. You just see how some of the historical figure travels, you will understand. For example, Julius Caesar travels, and Alexander the Great travels, even a smaller figure like the fable writer Aesop also travels. And l would doubt whether the soul of a modern writer Leechard the small can travel or not. 

We need a higher angle to see into this. A soul is not the same with a life. They both have owners, yet a life have more than an owner. A life has a controller, the controller is the "self" of the life. A soul need not to have a controller. No one controls Alexander the Great, yet he is defined by history. Anyone can know who is Alexander the Great, and you can even be inspired by him. There are lots of great souls in history, they can be your energy sources, like the sun and the stars. You will grow up with lots of the energy sources if you are enlightened. 

Yes a soul can travel in history, and some of the souls can be forgotten and waken up again and again. We can never be sure which of the souls exits or not, however, we are the end result of some of the souls. And we can say that we are the souls. There is a controller for a life. Each life claimed that the life belongs to a pronoun of "me".  Yet a soul needs not to make a claim.    

It is good to know the differences of life and soul. We can be a little stronger to know this. We shall fear of nothing.  And you will wish to know, which is more important, the life or the soul? As a humble little creature like us, we usually regard  life is more important.  Many people just never have realized that there is a soul within the body. Yet if we can know the ultimate controlling power is in the souls, not in the lives, we would be much happier than we should be.  

1/29/2020

詩一首

最近寫的一首詩

人算不如天算
宇宙乾坤運轉
俯仰春夏秋冬
上下我自從容
     庚子年初二

1/28/2020

How does a soul travel ?

How does a soul travel

It happens always like this: 

If your love one had gone, then some of the episode will return. A word, a smile or something happened between you and your love one. You will remember it. It kept coming back to you. How many times it will come back? It is not important. Important is that you had kept it in your memory. It meant the soul of your love one was with you. It will dissolve into your mind, and you will say something similar or act something similar to someone else. Then your soul travels. 

And your memory is not limited to your love ones. You read books. You watch movies. You had experienced many things. Episodes and even the whole of a theme will come up from your mind. You had absolved them. When you write something or do something, the soul is not solely yours. You had a complicated soul with the strength of your history and your culture and, more importantly, your universe.  

Life is a traveling procession. It is not isolated. It travels with genes which is external and a soul which is internal. 

When a certain amount of genes and souls met in your body, it is your own life. You are the chief caretaker of your own life. You had received other souls and composed your own soul. When you said to yourself, "I am me。"Your soul is established. It will not stay forever in you. It will travel to faraway places. And you will be decomposed. You will never say, "I am not me", because by the time you are decomposed, you will have no chance to say that. But your soul still travels. 

If you have a faith like this, then you will be very strong and fear of nothing. You are a traveller forever.  You had already sent out your gene and your soul long before the decomposition. 

1/18/2020

Art of War(3rd Version, 2020.1.18)

Zhuang Zi   
Art of War(3rd Version)
(To fight your war, you need new insights)


1 Attack
2 Mind and Mind Business
3 Method
4 Basics 1 2 3
5 Level
6 Situation
7 Knowledge and Forms of Wisdom

 1   Attack



The beauty in the art of war is in attacking. Life is a continuation of attacks. From infant to death, every process is an attack. Just like a baby bird coming out from the shell, the bird must first attack the shell. It is his first action.

A defender is deemed to be a loser.

Attacking is a basic attitude, it is not a strategic nor technical term. Attacking is a positive action.  A small grass needs to break the soil, it is the same with a volcano. A volcano needs to break the soil too. Both are positive. If there is a choice granted for you, you can always choose to act or not to act.  A grass is an action, while a flower is an attacker. She is fighting to enter your eyeball. The attitude of attacking is the basic design of the Universe. Sometimes, an attacker chooses to wait. He is not giving up his basic attitude, he is only waiting for a chance. Like a buried seed. The seed can wait years for the suitable weather. Then the seed would draw his blade and find a way to grow. A seed will not wait forever. A seed will live peacefully with his friends and brothers. And all plants know, they need to fight for their survival.  Sometimes they are waiting, they are waiting for their chance to grow.

Winners are those who choose a correct attitude.  All winners bear in mind one fact:  That there were enemies, enemies will push you to the other world. This is very old teaching, but many would not believe. They think they can enjoy life with kind-hearted and friendly enemies surrounding. Sometimes you will find it painful that you must live with the enemy for a long time. But deep inside your thought, you must keep yourself intact and strong that you are not surrounding to the enemy but to wait for a future development. 

When you saw very good leaders fell one by one by the comfort of life and many of the younger generation were looking for sex and eating pleasure, it is extremely dangerous situation for the country.  Many of the younger generation are money-oriented and you will definitely know, this could be the result of a deadly enemy policy, not a natural grow of the country. It is very bad to give up the fighting spirit of the country. To choose to live with the sickness of enemies, you must be healthy and strong yourself.

Nobody wants to fight, everyone wants peace. But it is war which push people ahead, and guaranteed the progress of human civilization. Its fine to keep peace in mind, it is wisdom to know there will be war. Only the well prepared will survive.

What is the purpose of wars?  

They kill the weak and purify the strong. 

Should I love my enemy?

Yes, I love them. They are same as you and me. They are given a choice to live peacefully with us. But if they choose war, we are well prepared. We love them. Even though we have to fight with them, but still, we love them, we will never hate them.

Hatred is a kind of human feeling which cannot be denied, however, some people will avoid bad feelings to hinder their thoughts. Treat the people of your enemies well and you will be rewarded. The side-benefit of a loving mind is that you will not go astray with ill feelings blurring your mind. And please be reminded that you are not choosing love for the side-benefit, but because you have the feeling. 



2  Mind and
   Mind Business




Mind is extremely important in war. Winners are not winning by their weapons, but with minds. Though this is common sense, but in the material world, people are always losing their battle because of losing their mind. They thought the determine factors of war were only resources. However, that is not necessary so. Resources can change hands easily, and mind is easy to change too, collective hypnosis happens always. Minds are easy to be captured. However, it is your own mind and your own wisdom which is the most important. Mind your mind business always.


It is interesting to see, whenever people are rich, they are very likely shadowed by the curtain of wealth. Wealth is too important to them, when they are busy keeping up with their wealth, they would forget everything about mind. They would put the important business of mind into the hands of unreliable agents. They thought a good agent can take care of the mind business for them. How funny yet it is the reality of tragic failures. Those who failed to keep the minds of people, all their wealth will be lost.  No one can care the mind business on your behalf. Only you and your honored self can use that most sacred machine to handle mind matters. It is your mind. If you are giving up leadership of your mind business, no one can save you. That is why the mind should never be forgotten.  That is why you should study history as well as philosophy, plus some literature and music. Science and Economy, Medicine etc. are also important, but they are your tool and your wallet, not your mind.

Minds are connected with ideologies, theories, religions, and philosophies. Minds are the result of wisdom. There are different minds in the world. Some of the minds carry positive energy, while some negative.  Sometimes a negative mind wins, though people had found it difficult to believe. It is because, winning and losing are not determined by polarity, but by the strength of mind.

A strong mind can unite other minds. When all minds are united together, the war is won. A good leader is the light house of everyone. That is because he is bright, he knows the total situation. He is the energy source of his followers.

There will be different wars on the planet recently.

For example, if Korea is to have a war with the Japanese, should the Korean strengthen their own mind and capture the minds of the Japanese people first? It is vise-versa. Huge conflict happens like the Russian with NATO plus America; the Chinese with America; and the complicated Middle East etc.  They all need to capture the enemy minds, and they all need to build solidarity with their own country people.

For the Chinese part, they have a painful lesson to remember. It was during the war years in the Warring State Period in ancient China. One bigger power of Qin wanted to eliminate the other six smaller powers. Qin swallowed them one by one. There was only one lesson to learn by the famous historian writer Su Xun. He said, "The failure of the six smaller powers was that they all wanted to keep good relation with Qin." All tried to bribe Qin instead of fighting. They sent gifts and lands to please Qin. They wanted to build friendship and mutual trust with Qin. What they had got in return was complete destruction.

What is the problem?

The problem is in their mind. They had lost the war of minds before their destruction.

Same history will present itself again. If Hong Kong is to be swallowed alive, the Chinese will have a good lesson to learn. They will say, oh no, Hong Kong can never be swallowed. Hong Kong problem started from the mind. Had they not lost the mind business in Hong Kong long ago before the turmoil had started? 

Future historians will tell you the fact. If your mind is lost, your land follows. It's a golden law to be respected. It was said China can never be destroyed. But leaders will. Different leaders come and go, and the country is weakened. The golden law of mind is set up for our planet, no one is excluded. If anyone insisted that they will be safe forever, there will be one question for him: Why do you think so? Can you support your country without the support of your people?
    

Now is the main and most important question:

"How do I build my own mind?"

It is a question seldom anyone would care of. Ordinary people would like to sharpen their skills and make more money instead. Leaders would like to buy more weapons and try to be friendlier with their enemy instead.

However, this is the most important issue Zhuang Zi had raised in his writing. We shall make it clear in this small volume for those concerned, wise people will have never missed this chance to win their wars.

If you had successfully built your own mind, you will keep your country survive, no matter what happens in the coming conflict.

You will first have a mind, and then you will have your mind business. You will never have any mind business if your mind is not there. 

What is the most important part in your mind business?

It is not in the minds of your education, not the minds of your media, not the minds of your army, not the minds of your religion. 

The most important part is in your inner team of executives. 

That is the determine factor of your success. And this is the weakest point in many countries. It is of no use to have lots of weapons to protect your country if the inner teams are bribed.  They would become enemies around you. Even though they are not bribed, it is natural for them to try to take over the leadership, if they do not share the mind with the country. That means you must have a one-minded leadership. The leadership must be pure. And you must be pure yourself to have the total support from your team.

This is the thought from a higher level. Things are bound to happen like this. Lower level people will try every means to check out the bad elements in the leadership, yet they cannot see the trend and cannot eliminate them all. 

Upper level is the level of a higher angle, while the lower level people can only see things from a short distance. That is why they have to check every detail of the items. A good leader can make use the both of them. Please refer to the chapter of level in this book. 

If you have built up a strong mind and a strong team sharing the same mind, you will have a healthy leadership. With a healthy leadership, bad elements are not easy to grow. 

With a two-party leadership like the United States, the other party will not share the same mind with you. However, if the leader can build a strong mind around the country, the other party has no choice but to follow.  

With a one-party leadership, the party is bound to split into secret leaderships. Thus the mind system is far more important for them. If a strong mind is absent, the country would fall into deep crisis sooner or later. It is the weakest point of the country and the easiest target for the enemy. That is unavoidable. And you will never know how much the enemy had invested in such weak points to beat you.  Where ever there is a mind, there is a chance for your enemy. It is absolute important for the country. Mind is the real wall to protect the country. Mind is the true power to beat your enemy.   

Yet we seldom know what is mind.

What is mind?

It is very confusing about the mind. And it is not easy for anyone to tell what a mind is. A mind is more than a thinking tool. A good mind can have insights, and it can communicate with another good mind, without using language. A good mind can communicate with the nature. It can predict disasters sometimes. It knows before the earth quakes. And it was believed by many that a good mind can communicate with the unknown. All these features of a mind are so confusing that it is difficult to define what a mind is and what a mind is not. We can believe that the functions of a mind are developing in time. We can expect humans need not a mobile to call one another in future. We can use our mind to do it. We humans are far from perfect in this era as we don't even know what we have in our major ability, though we admit that we do have minds. 

For the meantime, at least we need to know the difference of mind and spirit.  
    
Spirit is the content dwelling in your mind. That means you can select and put in any content in your mind, or the minds of the people in your country, and even the minds in your enemies.
It seems to be an easy job. However, real spirit is grown from inside, not input from outside. You need thousands of years to grow a strong spirit, yet it is easy for a bad school system to put stupid thoughts in children in several years. 

It is worse still for the secret party groups setup by the enemy to mobilize your children to fight against your own country. Talented people will have their own spirit developed through reading. They will search for knowledge and wisdom. However, the most dangerous part is the mediocrity people. They can be hypnotized easily by secret party groups. They do not like to read. They are easily influenced by peers, and when they joint secret groups, they will be the powerful resources for your enemy. A secret army was easily built without your notice in your country. A secret army can overturn governments with stones and petrol bombs.  It is far cheaper for the enemies and very much safer for them. A war is not necessary to be announced, yet it is a real war.

All countries need to have their own strong spirit. It is much more important than an army. If you do not have a strong spirit, you will lose all wars in a short time. 

We need to know what is Chinese Spirit and what is American Spirit. 

Chinese Spirit is not the same with American Spirit. 

A Chinese mind may be more or less the same with an American mind, but they do have different spirits dwelling in their minds.

You cannot tell exactly what a mind is, but you will know a lot about your spirit. The spirits are not in written theories nor proclaimed documents but in actual deeds of the people. The good spirits are in heroes, the negative spirits are in evil personalities.  You need only to search about the heroes from ancient and modern China and you will know what is Chinese Spirit. And there are so many heroic figures in modern China.

The first hero in China was Kua Fu (夸父) He wished to know where would the sun go after dark. He chased the sun and was dead. His stick was left standing on the soil and it has become a growing forest since then. He is the first hero in China to pursue knowledge with wisdom. 

Knowledge pursuit was the basic start of Chinese culture. The later development of feudal oppression and slavery education was only a misfortune of China.

The second hero in China was Nu Wa (女媧). She thought the sky was leaking and tried to mend it with a stone. She burned the stone until the stone melted and used the liquid to seal the sky. She was the first philosopher to know that the Universe was uneven and not perfect. It needs human effort to help. It is totally different with other cultures and is very practical. The basic relation of man and nature was discovered since then. You will be very strong and standup alone even in extreme difficulties with this philosophy in mind.

The third hero in China was a monkey. His name was Sun Wu Kong (孫悟空) .Many mediocrity story tellers deleted the first motion of his deeds. He traveled all over the world to try to find a teacher for his question. His question was the meaning of life. He did find the teacher and the teacher told him everything about life. When he had got the wisdom from the teacher, he found himself was talented and can fight any enemy and fly any distance. It was a complete tragedy in China that the story was re-written by the feudal authorities and the heroic effort was totally deleted and rewritten. He was not a hero anymore. He was only an obedient slave of his master. You need to have a clean mind to read the story and find out the truth yourself. 

The fourth hero was a set of 108 heroes in the book of Shui Wu Chuan (水滸傳) and the book has the same fate being deleted and re-written by secret agents from the feudal authorities. You will find the story line not acceptable as the heroes all surrendered to the feudal authorities and were not heroes anymore. However, when you have noticed the plots were not the original and were not important and you will find the heroes were still alive and were real Chinese characters.  And you will believe it was the only way one should have chosen to live. They were true heroes and your friends. To have a friend like these heroes is the highest pleasure on earth. 

The fifth unforgettable hero in China was Jia Bao Yu(賈寶玉) He was the chief hero in the Dream of a Red Chamber. It is the book for real talented Chinese leaders. If you have not read the book, you cannot be counted as another talented leader in China. The writer kept his name secret and wrote a complete set of Chinese culture in the book. He was the main hero to fight against the feudal oppression with all his might and wisdom. He knew the secrets of Chinese culture. If you can understand the book, you will understand China. If you understood China, you will understand the whole world. 

There were lots of heroes in China. The Sixth and Seventh heroes and more  include hundreds and hundreds of heroes in different fields of science, art and commerce and military services before and after 1949. China was not built in one day. China is a continued progress for thousands of years. We need to look into the real heroes to understand China. Some of the hypnotized youths in Hong Kong did not have good education and was under influences from the Western bias of thoughts. To educate the new generation need the true effort of heroic education pioneers to teach them. 

This is the most important job for the leaders. Mind business is far more important than any other business. If you do not have a strong mind, you will not have a strong army. It's the real wall to protect the country.   

What is charisma?

Charisma is the most important nature of a good leader. A charismatic leader is influential. He leads by mind.

One of the most charismatic leaders in history is Constantine the Great. He was the Emperor of Rome in AD306-337.  He was troubled by enemies by that time. The story said he was suddenly changed in one night. He chose Christianity for the Empire and ordered the soldiers to draw a cross in their shields to fight. And he won all battles and made Rome a huge empire. Many of the religious people believed that was the power of a religion. However, it was not necessary so. It is a certain kind of mind he had mastered. He used the power of mind to unite his people and won the battles. He had an empire lacking the spirit. Now he found the spirit and put that spirit into the empire. That is all the secret about his success. 

He had changed in one night. That is wonderful and exceptional. No one has had such bravery like him. Many would have pondered for years waiting the final failure to come. 

The next charismatic leader is Peter the Great (AD1672-1725) in Russia. He had found the Western Enlightenment very useful and chose that for his empire. The same thing happened for his empire. He had made a huge Russia in his time.

The most important feature in a charismatic leader is that you can explain. You can tell your people what is the nature of everything. You have a total picture in your mind and you can share it with your people. You need not to know all the philosophies about the Universe and the earth. But you must be certain about what you are doing for the moment.  That means you must be certain about the future. That is your road for the country. That means you have a strong spirit in your mind. With the powerful energy of your spirit, you can share it with the whole country. The most successful way for a mind business is the total understanding of the spirit in your own mind.

A little more about charisma is that you must have your own theme. A good novel must have a good theme. To be a good leader must have a good theme. When your theme is accepted and believed by everyone, you are on the road to success. 
 
We need not to mention the famous themes of modern leaders. You are the one to find them and to forget about them. It is because, you are the theme. And you need not to follow, because you are a leader not a follower. You know the future and you are the road.


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Human spirit is in the form of a cycle. We can see how the American spirit woke up from the puritan hardship a few hundred years ago and they announced to have a right to pursue happiness, then the cycle turned completely from a spiritual and puritan past to a money-oriented present. The cycle had been a long history since the American built their country. 

The Chinese had a similar cycle from the Cultural Revolution to the open-market economy now. It is far shorter and in a different scale.  

If the American people can wake up from the bad dream of happiness pursuit to wisdom pursuit, they will find no enemy in the world and will be truly happy forever. President Barack Obama may be the only president who has some aware of this. He did not mention one word of love in his inauguration speech, and when he found someone had a comment on it, he changed. He was an enthusiastic promoter of love in his speeches since. President Donald Trump had never shown any interest about love in his tweets.

It is not easy for the American people to aware that they are in the cycle of spirit. As they had proclaimed that is their most treasured "core value". If the talented leadership can find out the real situation of America, American people will find themselves happier.  


3   Method





Zhuang Zi has mentioned two methods only. The two methods are designed according to the basics of the Universe.

Method one:

That you should use your mind to see, not your eyes.

This is a method too simple to understand. The military writer Sun Zi had said similarly. Sun Zi said if you can only see the sun and the moon, you cannot be said to have a good eye-sight. However, Sun Zi might have been neglected that many a time, situations at war are so obvious like the sun and the moon, but still many cannot see it. They are not seeing with their mind, nor their eyes. They are blind-folded. In the cases of a life and death fighting for the country, one has to be very careful and humble. The most important thing is quietness. When you are quiet and silent, you will have a clear mind. When you are always busy, be alerted, a warning has been given you. When you are always talkative, be reminded, failure is near.

Method two:

Use a sword of no thickness to strike into the hollow.

The sword is so sharp, that it seemed to be in no thickness. You will not find out where the blade is with a magnifier. It is only a sword of no thickness could strike into the hollow.

There seemed to have no hollow in the defensive walls most of the time.  How do you strike into their hollow when the hollow doesn't exist? However, from a point of no thickness, there are lots of hollows.  The determining factor is in your own side, if you are in the situation of no-thickness, you will find out the hollow and win.

What does Zhuang Zi mean by this?  It meant everything. Do not enter with a stupid force. Enter with a delicate bladeless sword. It meant you knew it all. It is everything. It is a law of everything, including different studies in many fields.

If you are so sharp, so talented and you are in such lucky situation to know everything, be alerted, you keep yourself not as nothing, but only in a situation of no thickness. You are not to have no ideas, no choices, no dimensions, and no insists, etc. You are not nothingness. But you are no thickness. You need to stand in a higher lever to observe this. Nothingness is not no thickness. Only when suddenly you saw the hollow, then you would become a real sword to enter that point.

The Universe is a complicated combination of levels and layers, it is far more than the so-called multi-dimensional situation. Some people maintained that there are two sides only. It seemed that the Universe are compositions of only me and my enemies. They can never enter into the beauty of levels.

We have finished the methods discussion here. Many would pick up the point quickly and tried to use it to fight their enemies. However, the writer wishes to remind them, these methods are for upper level people, those who do not have the courage and wisdom, can never make use of them. It could turn out as a tool of self-disclosure. You will expose your weakness with a stupid use of the two methods. 



4   Basics 1, 2, 3


The art of war is in several principles here.

Basic No.1:  Oneness

It's a must for every leader to know his real situation:

'Me and my Universe are one. We are born together.'

That means you are not only an individual, you can see all the situations from the point of a whole. The picture is clear enough for you to take the right action. However, it is never an easy task to see things as a whole. Too many leaders failed here. Quietness is extremely important when you feel puzzled. People will be too eager to draw pictures for you. But it is you yourself who should draw the picture.   Rely too much on provided materials, is asking to be cheated. Important sources will be omitted by cheaters.

For many short-lived leaders, they have never had the sense of a unity whole, fame and fortune are important for them, they are bound to fall. More serious cases are in the talented leaders. Material influences are not a problem for them; however, they are too busy to remain in a silent stance. And that brings big problem. Working too hard and too concentrated are fatal. Many would exclaimed: "How do I handle the whole world with a single pair of arms?" It's a must to search deeply into the layers, with your mind, not your arms. One single arm can move the globe.

To search the layers, need to have a special instinct and lots of hard work. No one have the luckiness of Alexandra the great. He had Aristotle as his teacher for seven years. When he died after building a super empire over Asia, Africa and Europe, no one could succeed him. It is never a simple thing to have a mind like Alexandra. Those who had grabbed power from the death of Alexandra lost it in a short time.

The question is: Who is the next Alexandra on earth? That is a painful question to quest.

How do I build my whole picture?

A born leader is a man who loves everything in the Universe. Everything is new and interesting under the sun. He is keen on every aspect of life. He would like every subject his hand can reach. He would never be a pure scientist or pure businessman. He is never a dull and single interest person.  He is multi-directional and multi-leveled. He is not a single cell in the plant. He is the plant. And he is more than the plant, he is the soil, he is the globe, he is the Universe. And it is not a dream, yet he is the dream. It is in such a context that one could have the fitness to fit in the picture of the whole. The picture of the whole has been a single image in his brain cell.

Some rely on reports. They kept requesting for reports. Reports came all over the globe for him. He studied the reports every day until midnight. The first Emperor of Qin was like that. His reports were written on bamboo, he had to finish several extra-sized baskets of them every day. People keep praising him a good leader. But he is secondary. Because he is fed more than sucking. First class leaders are suckers. They are interested in everything. They knew the whole. He would know what to neglect and what to insist. He has got the keenest feeling on the planet. Each time, he would sip a little and he knew what is going on and he knew what to do. Avoid fighting with such leaders.

To be in such high level is not easy. Because he is not selfless. If there is not a self, then there won't be a whole either. He is only forgotten about his self. This is a minor difference between the selfless and the self-forgotten. But it is total difference of a real leader who could achieve historical demand, while a selfless guy can only be selfless and cannot move an inch of the globe with his total might.

Its philosophical to discuss about selfless and self-forgotten. But in the fields of war, self-forgotten is far more effective than selfless. Because, a selfless guy doesn't have a part in the whole, if they have become leaders, they would be indirect leaders. But it is only a direct leader can win the war. He is directly involved. He doesn't rely completely on reports, but he will go directly into the place where he can try the taste. It was said with the new mobile technology, that a doctor can treat a patient through phones. However, please note that such treatment can be harmful. A real doctor who presents himself in front of the sick bed can acquire much more information directly. He can use his senses. He can see and he can feel. It was his mind that is busy working on the subject. But through a mobile phone, he can only use indirectly measured figures. The mobile computer is thinking for him.  Good leaders get in touch of the people directly.

If you are to plan a space project, you need not to fly the rockets yourself, but you must be highly interested in the space, you feel it and you touch it before you throw billions into it. What does it mean by direct leaders?

It meant he is one with the whole. He has got a part in it. Therefore, he is not selfless. He is functional.

We had come to our finding here, that being a good leader needs to be whole hearted, and it needs to have two features in his inner mind. One is interested in everything, the other is completely dedicated. We didn't mention about love. Because love is the result of interest and dedication.

Can a self-forgotten guy dedicate himself for the whole? 
Some of the self-forgotten people are only temporary. They can fight fearlessly towards a goal of something for a short time.  However, when the situation changed, they would become selfish as many other mediocre people. 

That means their dedication is groundless. 

You need to know what is life and what is the aim of your own life and are willing to fight for that aim with your whole life without any regret. 

What is a life? Life is a tool you can use to work on something valuable and you cherish that value that much that you are willing to work for it with your might. And such thoughts are the result of your long term thinking and final decision. It is wisdom. 




A true leader is suitable to be a leader with the above build-in features in his noble mind.

More elaboration on the different levels of Oneness later.


Basic No. 2:  Freedom


One of the basic theories of Zhuang Zi is freedom. What he meant was a kind of absolute freedom. It is philosophical; however, we can understand the absolute freedom in a simple way. It is not the same freedom we used to agree with. The ordinary freedom is in a sphere of limitation. And most of the time, the ordinary type of freedom is only a lie to hypnotize people. You have to do according to the limits of your civilization, your law and your many limits, yet you think that is sacred. Actually, you can do nothing and you can move not even a brick from the whole establishment, yet they told you it is freedom. It is a lie for ignorant people.

However, as a human being, we are entitled to a kind of absolute freedom, we can do anything we like, there will not be any limit for you. You can jump from an airplane high on the space to the ground, and you can do anything you wanted to do. It is a free gift from the Creator of human being. Though you may never want to jump in a height like that, because you have been allowed another privilege, that is your wisdom to choose. You can choose to do it or not do it, if you can think. And more importantly, you can choose the way of success or failure. It is your own sacred choice.

What is the point of freedom to do with the art of war? Does it mean I can do any special things at war?

Please remember a war is not any other daily matter you need to handle. A war is a collective action concerning the life and death of your country and your civilization. It needs special talent to handle it. With a brain of absolute freedom, you will have no limit in your thinking and you are free and, you are talented and you are gifted. That means you are entitled to have a power to move the country for the ultimate good for your people.

What is the freedom of thought?

People always comment about certain great leaders in history, they were usually regarded as mad.

Were they really mad or only in a state of total freedom of thoughts? Madness and fearless is more or less the same. They are very similar.

We must remember, absolute freedom is for everyone. Anyone can do anything, only that if he chooses to do it or not. Nothing can prevent anyone to do anything, if he chooses to do anything, it is his freedom. It seems to be very terrible, if anyone chooses to shoot or to kill, he is free to do so. In the general idea about freedom, there is always a law to govern everyone, but there is no human law in absolute freedom, there are only results, and there is only law of the nature. You can do anything if you can accept the result. Even the law of nature cannot stop you. It is only this feature can save human being from final destruction. We have a talented mind and we shall find a way and be saved.

One last question here: How can I be so mad to think without limitation?

It will be more easily in wars to create madness or, talents.

If you are completely dedicated, you shall have no limit in your thoughts. Because you are fearless, you can dedicate your complete life into the cause of the people.

There must be many sources for the state of fearlessness. A stupid person can be fearless also, yet a stupid guy can never think as free as a normal man. And many a time, extremely greedy person can be fearless also. He is mad to grab money, and he is fearless to risk his life. He is creative to think in many ways to make money, and he could be very rich. And it is fair for the creator to create human beings with the same feature in them. The sun shines on good people and bad people together. They shared the same sunshine. The only difference is that he is dedicated to rob your money, and you are dedicated to work for the people. Who will win the war by the end?

Please do not worry about this too much. We have mentioned before, that a real leader is not an individual, his mind is shared with the whole. He has got a much higher position to observe the complete scenario of the world. He would be in a higher level to see everything.

It meant, with a complete whole at your back, your motivation power is limitless, and you are much more powerful than any selfish guy.

It is all about the power of your brain function.

If we say I am free to think, that means, you are moving inside your brain freely. Your thought needs to go from the far East to the far West, what is the important things we need here? You might need a map, or a vehicle to ride on, and you need to have no obstruction, and finally, you need some power to go ahead.

Now we can see how important freedom is. You are free to go anywhere without obstruction. But you need power. Power doesn't come from freedom, but from the basic no.1, you need to be one with the Universe to gain power. And that is not enough. A flower in the garden is one with the Universe. She is happily enjoying her sunshine, and that, cannot be a power of much use for a human leader.

As a leader of something, you need to have a much bigger power. The power to push your brain function and to think.

We had mentioned two kinds of power. One is within yourself, the other is exterior.

It's the inner power that pushes your mind, and then the world, not external power.

How can I be fearless and free to think? IF you are thinking in terms of a whole, then you might be fearless. And if you are thinking with a complete dedication in mind, you will be free. There will be no obstruction in your way and you can go.

Chinese people are very familiar with such thoughts. Because they have a hero in their mind. It is the Monkey King in the old teachings of literature. The magic of the Monkey King is limitless, and he can fly. He can fly instantly from one end of the Universe to the other end. It is a parable of absolute freedom. Anyone can achieve such talent with a whole in their mind and are willing to completely dedicate themselves.  

Absolute freedom is only madness without wisdom. And absolute freedom is real when it is supported by wisdom. 

What is absolute freedom in short?

The answer: "As long as you can pay, you are free.

But the above answer is only second stage of freedom. Many can pay with their own life, and even the life of others, but still they are not free.

The first stage of freedom is wisdom.

You must know what you are going to choose and where you are going to go. You need to have some wisdom to help you do such things. Wisdom is the first priority for free thinking.



Basic No. 3:   Possibilities


Nothing is impossible for a true leader who had a whole in mind and who knows the secret of freedom, and most important of all is that he has got the mind to dedicate completely. With such feature at hand, he would be loved by his own people, and the support of all, that means he would be all powerful and can achieve.

But this is not enough.

Anyone with a faith like this, is just like a blind man walking inside the jungle. It must be solved philosophically to know exactly the point. That means, the talented leader needs to know what is possible and what is not possible.

If you insist to say, anything is possible within the Universe, then you must answer the question why.

From the point of Zhuang Zi, the first question is:

Is it possible to know the Universe?

The answer is yes from Zhuang Zi. And it is straight forward and directly answered:

That we are one, that we are in the same body, that any unit within the body is possible to communicate with another unit, therefore, we can know each other. Like your finger knows your toe, and your toe knows your finger, it is as simple as that.

That means, anything is knowable in the Universe. If you cannot know it today, one day you will know it. All secret will expose itself in a matter of time. It's a common faith in Christian doctrine in the West, and Zhuang Zi believed the same.

If you know each other, then you can work together.

Then you can say, nothing is impossible in the Universe.

Anything can happen, it is a very basic faith in the art of war. It can happen to your counterpart, and it can happen to yourself.

You can win, and you can lose. It is simply possible. Nothing is impossible, from this sense, it is true.

It is simply possible, and it is the reason of humble.

You will be stronger with a humble mind like this.

Finally, please take very good care to see the following points here:

What is the difference with the hot atmosphere many would encounter in the everyday life when people shouted: "I can do anything" or, "Nothing is impossible", or, "Just go ahead"? They are everywhere.  You can observe this kind of words has become cliché and meaningless. And now in the discussion about war and you say the same.

It is all because, your thought is from a very high angle of philosophy and its deep into your blood, not a commercial advertisement. It's the difference of shallow and deep thought. Only a really deep thought coming from within would bring you to victory in wars.

With the possibilities in mind, we would presume the possibilities are not for a single person nor a single generation. We are all blind man without vision and can only feel the elephant with our hands. With thousands and thousands of hands and with the work of many generations, we can finally come closer to see the real image of an elephant. We can work and we could be wrong. And that meant the other guy or even your enemy may be more correct then you are. A humble and loving mind and sometimes forgiving mind is very important. 

Yes, everything is possible for all of us in the terms of time and space. We shall finally reach our goal in the planet.


5   Level


We shall start from "Level", which is more difficult and not easy to achieve. You need to have some talent and work hard to achieve it. And the second is "Situation", which is much easier but it is always neglected by the leaders, if it is neglected, you are dead. It's not happy to die in shallow waters.

We are living in different levels. It is just like a small tank of goldfish. The goldfish is living in the water, water is her level. She can never go up one level to the air. Now you are fighting with the gold fish. You are in a much higher lever to observe the fish.

What then?

You can observe the fish in a very clear vision. No matter where the goldfish will go, she cannot hide herself from you. Because you are in a higher level.

And suddenly you felt a chill from your back. It's good for you to feel this. You know there must be another level upon you. There must be some people watching you from a higher level like you watch the goldfish. He would understand you more than yourself. You have no way to escape. You will lose the battle if the guy attacks you.

There will be always a higher level upon you. Be humble and be ready to learn new thing. Open your mind. Do not refuse to study. Refusing is the moral for losers, not you.

And luckily the guy is not in an upper level. He is in the same level or even a lower lever from you. He is just watching you from a remote camera and a wired phone. That means he is in the same level with you. Though he has secret connections with your friends and your peers, they will provide information for him.

And you can release yourself now. He is only a spy; he needs not to be a superior.

A spy can never see true picture at wars. Leaders must be very concerned about this. Do not rely on reports. A spy can provide report, but not the real picture. You can use the reports as a second channel, but your own channel is more important.

A spy is not to be afraid of, but a higher level is what you must watch out.

It is all because, if you are in a higher level, even though your enemy can spy on you, but you know him more then he knows you. Because you are seeing him from a level, and he is seeing you from the same field.

"How can I go up one level?"

It's not a university degree that you can spend several years to achieve one. It is the total of your wisdom and your knowledge. One can easily grow up from a child to an adult. A child is outside the level of the adult world. A child is not yet in your level, he cannot know what happens in you. You need to completely involved in a world to get into your present level. That means your total understand of your present situation. And if you are willing to come to such believe that, you are still a child, there must be a level more complicated to your understanding, it is the first step any one needs to raise up himself.

For the upper level people, you are a child only. If you refuse to believe it, you will fail in the coming war.

How can I go up one level?

The answer is in one line only:

"Seek, and you shall have it."

This is the famous answer from Jesus Christ, he is right.

All is in the inner intention of the mind. Many ordinary people never seek in their whole life, and they will not be in the next level to look at the present situation. But a real intention is not easy. You need to find out the breaking point. Many people don't even have a question in their mind. They will not have the answer either.

But from a life threating situation, you need to think for a while.

One last question about level is that there will be lower levels and any one is possible to fall into a lower level without his own knowledge. Because, when people cannot choose wisdom, they choose foolishness instead.

A guy is selling candies for some time, his business is always the same, not too good and not too bad. He thought to himself, how do I earn more? I don't like situation like this. He tried to renew his formula to make candies. He put in false sugar for the new candies. He did have a better business for a short time. And his failure is certain. He is too stupid to do that, yet he cannot avoid his fate. Lots of people had been choosing this way for their final destruction. They are going downwards in their levels. They must had been warned before they did that, however, many people never take warnings seriously. There will always be a lower level waiting for them.

And the point here is for us to ponder: If the guy is to fall into a lower level so easily, can I go up one level like this? And the answer is definitely yes. If I am selling candies like the guy, what shall I do to go up a little? Can I open my mind in his situation?

It seems to be not difficult at all.



6   Situation



It is like living in a small fish tank. The upper level people are looking at you very clearly, but you feel the small tank a huge jungle. You find it difficult to go from one place to the other, and to search the way is not easy at all. You cannot know what to do and where to go. The tank is too complicated for the common people. They can never understand the sophisticated combination in the tank. They don't feel safe. They choose to live in a smaller space, like the conch. They will never leave their home. It is dangerous out there.  They will stay in the same old place, until one day some other fish come and eat them.

If you are not in the upper level, then you must handle your situation.

You are in the fish tank, but it seems like a jungle. And you cannot see it clearly from an angle outside the fish tank, you need to know your situation within the tank.

First of all is to find out your major threat. That is the first question.

What is a threat? A threat is more than an enemy. The threat can be economy, or weather, or illness, or anything threatens your existence, and it is more than your own life, it is your country and your culture.

It needs a careful mind to detect the threat. When Julius Caesar suddenly found out, his real threat was not the enemies he was fighting but trusted friends inside his inner circle, and they were more than one. All of them were his enemies. It was too late for him to discover the fact. The blade had already been entered into his body. Shakespeare had re-written the scene in his play, Caesar's last words were: "Et tu, Brute? (And you, Brutus?) he simply could not believe it was true.

And it is never an easy task to detect a threat or an enemy. Mother nature will not lie to you, but human enemy will. It is important to study your situation.

Because, a situation will tell the truth, but your enemy will disguise. He will show you how friendly he is. He will give you his sweetest smile. And the most dangerous situation was group liars. You can never know their true intention, until one day all knifes are stabbed into your body together.

But a total situation was there already waiting your study, if you can read them. You will know how things will go, you will know what will surely happen and you will be prepared. Because you are acting on the base of a trend. You know the situation and you know the real intention of your enemy and you need not wait to see his next gesture.

Sometimes, you feel weak and not strong enough to fight your enemy. You choose to smile, its ok for a while. But the basic trend is still not changed. He will attack you as soon as he finds out your weak point.

Don't smile at your enemy. You have never seen a cat smiling at an attacking dog. You will not gain time by smiling, you can gain time through fighting only.

By situation, we meant a total situation. If the internal situation is neglected, now you can never again neglect the external situation. It is your last chance to survive.

For a first-born small fish in the ocean, there are major threats everywhere. Only a handful can escape and grow up healthily.  As for human situation, threats are far more severe. It is like a type of special cells most of the time. It could be everywhere and suddenly you are announced last stage of a development. All your organs were occupied, it seems you can do nothing but surrender. If you look carefully into the cells, they were not only external, but also internal. They were everywhere, and they were linked up to the same brain in your head. To remain healthy, you must re-format or replace your own brain.

In ancient China, Cao Cao had been advised by a physician to do a brain surgery. Few would think it was a parable in the contest of a historical story. What he needs is a new brain, not a new mind. A brain and a mind need not be the same.

It is unacceptable, but the only hope is there always. Cao Cao later killed his physician, but it helped nothing.

It is a must to be alerted. And the funny side is, you need a quiet and relaxed mind to be alerted.

You need to know the situation.

Now we have a new example in the history of situation wars.

Hong Kong was a British colony for more than a century. When the Chinese wanted to have it back, the British did not refuse. As they knew it very clear they cannot win the Chinese in another colonial war. And the Chinese seemed had never read the works of Machiavelli. Some of the leaders did not like reading, they thought it was more practical to act then to have theories. And they were satisfied to remain in the old level. How should you handle a newly captured city? The Chinese leaders did not consider Hong Kong was a city, but a commercial organization that they can manager it through agents. They had set up monitor points in Hong Kong, however, the city was allowed to run by foreign agents, who need not be loyal to the Chinese. The Chinese trusted them.

And to the amazement of the future historians, the agents were running Hong Kong by a Chinese method. The had setup a big underground party in Hong Kong. It is a secret everyone knows in Hong Kong, but not the leaders in Beijing. The underground party used various method to recruit members. No one can refuse their recruitment. They were using a network to do all the things. It is your business, they can give you convenience to earn money, and it is your career, you can have a better place in the place you like, and it is your marriage, they can give you a spouse if you needed it. And the most important of all, you must be willingly hypnotized in a certain kind of Western democratic theories. And you must believe that the Chinese were a people of evils, the Chinese Government had long been devilized. Yet the Chinese had seldom to take any real action to tell the world how civilized were them. The Chinese are working hard to build a peaceful world and avoiding hard to irritate their Western counterparts. And all the important organizations in the colony were used in this purpose to re-capture Hong Kong, and to beat China. They include almost all the medias, all radios, all TVs, all schools, all churches, all religions, all publication houses and even the other businesses like medicine and daily commercial shops were under the hands of the underground party. And the Hong Kong people are allowed to setup different parties and societies, and the societies had in turn keep the underground party growing. What can a naïve young man do is such situation? You don't have even a religious leader to trust. And you cannot buy books, anything against the rule of the underground party will be disappeared. It is absolute Westernized dictatorship, yet the Chinese people had never realized it. It's a painful question to ask: why.

And sometimes you will win the war not because of anything else but the foolishness of your enemy. Please do not feel happy if such things happen, though it will happen quite often.

And some people would think it is the Chinese-US war in Hong Kong. Yet the US leaders still feel weak in such situation. They had not enough faith to win the war. That is why they had used hatred as an element to push masses and crowds. By using hatred, people can be mobilized more quickly and easily. Slogans were everywhere to promote hatred and to irritate the emotions of the youngsters. 

However, hatred is the opposite of reason and love, that is the fatal point of the US led movement in Hong Kong.

It is normal for the huge party to build their branches. From smaller groups of almost all the foreign workers in Hong Kong to other countries.  They are everywhere all over the world, including Macau and Taiwan, Indonesia and lots of the Western countries and the most important of all, mainland China. They have been given lots of resources and conveniences from the Chinese Government. Green lights are turned on for them.  Later developments are expected in the imminent future. This is a situation not to be neglected.




7   Knowledge and Forms of Wisdom



What is knowledge? It seems easy, some believed knowledge can be created. Maybe it is wrong. Knowledge is from nature. It is for us to discover.

Knowledge is not knowledge if it is fed and not pursued. The famous US faith is to pursue happiness, however, if knowledge is pursued, a better future is near.

And good American people will know sooner or later, happiness is same with emptiness if it is built upon money.

And wisdom is not wisdom if it is remained in the books of lonely writers. A true wisdom must be the thinking habit of all the people.

With knowledge and wisdom, the country can standup and help others in the whole world. You will win all the wars.

(The End)

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THE BET

(A Short Story)


The rich man told the poor giant, "I will take all your children."

The poor giant didn't believe him. 

The rich man said, let us bet: "If I can take all your children, you give me your country. If I cannot take your children, I will give you my country." 

The poor giant said, "You are going to lose. Because my children will not trust anyone except me."

The rich man said, "Before I take your country, first I need to make your poor country rich, do you agree?"

The poor giant said, "If you are going to make me rich, I have no objection." 

The rich man said, "I will send a genius to help you get rich quickly. Because there are some technological problems you need to learn before you get rich. Will you like to meet him and learn how to get rich?"

The poor giant said, "I will never reject learning. But who is this genius?" 

The rich man said, "He is the king of the rich island near your country. Will you like to visit his rich island and learn some of the know-hows in getting rich?"

The poor giant said, "I agree." 

When the plane of the poor giant touched down in the rich island of the genius, he was amazed to see, it was a rich island indeed. All the highways were straight and wide and bright like golden, and the houses were as clean as diamond. Rich people in the island welcomed the poor giant, they rolled out a red carpet to receive him, they treated him with highest quality food and drink for a king. 

The genius greeted the poor giant and they embraced.

Next day, there was a hot news in the media around the globe: 

"Small Island rolled out red carpet for a Most Honored Guest."

The poor giant said to the genius, "I am amazed to see your country is running very well." 

The genius replied humbly, "Oh no, your country is. Your country can be far better than us. You have so many scholars and learned young men, we have only an island with poor resources."

The poor giant said, "You are really a genius to get rich without resources. We need to learn from you."

The genius said, "To be rich is easy and there is no secret, you only need to……."

The poor giant was suffering from poverty for a long time. He wished to know how to get rich for his children. And he has got the patience to let the genius say more. He only smiled and waited. 

The genius said, "Yes, you need to control everything. That is the first priority."

The poor giant was puzzled, "Control everything?"

The genius said more humbly, "Sir, you are my senior and you know it all. We have a special way to control my children here."

The genius waited a second and say more: "We separate them into two groups, one is for me, and the other is against me. Both of them are under my direct control. "

The poor giant felt interested: "Well?"

"Take media as an example, I have a team of media people who are against me, and the other team for me."

"What? Those who wrote against you are actually your friend? I thought you were in trouble when so many of them wrote to attack you? Were they not your real enemy?"

"Oh never," The genius laughed: "It's only a show. I control everything. I have my secret army like your secret party members."

"Well, "The poor giant felt a bit uneasy, as the genius had mentioned something he didn't like to talk about, "It seems you know everything."

"They are my network of secret members, I let them control everything and push my orders to carry out properly. I depend on them more then my open army."

The poor giant didn't reply. He was reluctant to get into such topics. However, they have a happy evening together. They remained good friends from then on. The poor giant was happy to know secrets from the genius. He felt happy as he knew the genius had trusted him and let him know secrets to run the country. It seemed easy; you just divide your secret army into two opposing groups.

No one on the planet had ever told him, that this secret, was a lie. It must be carried out without the knowledge of his own children. And worse thing would happen in a lying situation. A liar is easily to be cheated. And the poor giant was too excited, he couldn't find out the real nature of the secret. It was a plot to make him become a liar. Any strong person, whenever they had determined to lie, would become weak. That was why the poor giant was cheated in many ways, and he had never realized it. 

And he was confident about himself as usual. He thought it was a good idea, to create a false enemy, was just as easy as presenting a daily drama. It was fun to see them fight each other. He believed it could work. 

The genius had told him many methods in getting rich, which is not important at all. They included economy and finance ideas as well as political ideas. The poor giant showed himself a true learner. 

And he had ordered his people to come to the island to study the method of governing, as well as the art of lying. Groups and groups of people had flied to the island. Planes kept coming and going. The genius treated them like his own secret members. 

And the poor giant never doubted about their loyalty. He knew they will never betray him. He thought everyone was sharing the same ideal with him. All were for the people, even though lying was necessary for the people. 

The poor giant was happy to find out he was getting rich. He decided to try out the control method in one of his small provinces.

The poor giant failed to notice, his secret network of control, had changed hands gradually. Little by little, his secret network was not his secret network anymore. Extra branches were built without his consent. They were under leadership of the rich man. He was not the boss of his own country, but the rich man was. 

Now, he would try the genius method in his selected province. 

The first move of the poor giant, was to buy medias in the province. He knew the importance of medias, he wanted to buy them all. And it was not difficult for him. As he can pay good money. He preferred to save in other places. He wanted to spend important resources in the media. He had brought TVs, Radios, and Newspapers. And he had them divided. Some were for him, some against him. All were under his secret control. He had got secret network members everywhere, like the genius.

However, he had never knew, what he had spent big money to brought in, were only useless shells. The inner cores were tightly on the hands of the rich man. 

The situation was getting worse and worse. And the worst of all was his health. He was old and weak now. 

One day, the rich man came to visit him. He was in his sick bed. 

The rich man said, "You are becoming rich, do you?"

The poor giant said, "We are only picking up a little."

The rich man said, "Do you still want to honor your promise in our bet?"

The poor giant said, "Why not? I am still alive. I still have plenty of time."

"Ha," The rich man laughed, "I must advice you, I have taken lots of your children. You have not much time left."

The poor giant said, "I don't believe it."

The rich man showed him an article from the papers, it was about some of his children. Lots of the schools, universities, churches, even the Government were not necessarily his supporters. They had turned against him. 

The poor giant said, "Have you counted your harvest?"

The rich man hesitated. 

The poor giant was old and weak, but firm. He said, "If you have not counted, I have. You had controlled only 5%. "

The rich man laughed again, "Ha, you said 5% only? Do you know they were all leaders and they occupied all of your key positions in your stupid province?"

The poor giant was silent. He could hardly breathe any more. But he still managed to answer the rich man, "Let us see if your 5% can beat the rest of my good children?"

The poor giant had died shortly after the visit of the rich man. 

And all his children were eager to see, whether the 95% can beat the 5% or not. 

The bet was still going on.

              (The End)