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A Day to Reflect
The Heroes and the Schemers

1 October 2010
 
Chinese Classics

王符:

Respect the virtuous and appoint the talented, trust people at grassroots and take wise advices - this is the way to achieve peace and stability; the opposite will lead to demise.

尊贤任能,信忠纳谏,所以为安也,而闇君恶之,以为不若奸佞、阘茸、谗谀之言者,此其将亡之征也。

李翱:

Confucian is said to keep a distance from cunning men, as those are not the people the sage can work with. They have no concern for the nation, hold no vision for the future, but relentlessly pursue their personal interest, and chase after fame and wealth. They would say what their boss likes to hear, desire what their boss fancies to obtain, praise what their boss wishes to honour and censure what their boss wants to condemn ... by so doing, they win trust from their boss to the point that they get a free hand to conduct their own wretched business.

When these people gain access to power, the country will either be in trouble or meet a doomed fate.

Fortunately, there is an easy way to identify such creatures. If someone is forever agreeable with you and help you to screen out opinions that you don't like to hear, there can be little double that this person must be a sinister schemer.

臣聞孔子遠佞人,言不可以共為國也。

凡自古奸佞之人可辨也,皆不知大體,不懷遠慮,務於利己,貪富貴,固榮寵而已矣。必好甘言諂辭,以希人主之欲,主之所貴,因而賢之,主之所怒,因而罪之... 人主悅其不違於己,因而親之,以至於事失怨生而不聞也。

奸佞之臣信用,大則亡國,小則壞法度而亂生矣。

臣以為察奸佞之人,亦有術焉。主之所欲,皆順不違,又從而承奉先後之者,此奸佞之臣也。

Shi-min Fang Watch

Now close your eyes and picture what Dr. Zachary Burton's student has said and done in China, in relation to, for example, Dr. Xiao and his work, GM food and Fang's lies, measles vaccination and Fang's threat, Chinese medicine and Fang's attack -- wow, what a living proof! Only, he is a double ... 你懂的!

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