Would that we could teach one another, that we could reach one another, and heal the wounds of the past, to understand the power of our words to create our reality and shape our understanding of each other and the world.
People making such ignorant statements as threatening a military attack over cyberspace incursions need a reality check.
I offer a different message from an American to Chinese, a message of love, respect and appreciation. I've been living in China going on four years, and the longer that I live here, the more I love learning about the rich cultural heritage of China, the fascinating character and personalities of Chinese today, of the complexity in learning about the language and ways of doing things here.
I just watched the movie, Confucius, which was enlightening. In exile, he wandered the land with a group of students and there were some real parallels between these years with his students and the life of Jesus with his 12 disciples. It's a story every bit as compelling and enriching to learn about the teachings of this great master and the futility of war, of the chaos that ensues when we fight each other.
And I just finished reading a book that I got online, "Two Years Living in the Forbidden City" written by a young Chinese woman who had studied in France and returned to serve in the court of Empress Dowager Cixi. I recently visited the Summer Palace where Cixi held court in the summer, the lakes and great trees there, the old buildings and temples; it was all very interesting and wonderful.
Perhaps my sentiments don't reflect all Americans viewpoints, but neither does that extreme bellicosity or sarcastic boasting about terrible acts such as the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that I just read by an American making a comment on an article in the China Daily.
The world is changing, but I anticipate these changes when the East meets the West on equal footing. Ultimately our entire global civilization is going through an initiation on the power of our imagination to approach each others in a higher manner. Waging wars is a way of the past that's easy to do and reflects the lowest denominator in ability to carry on social discourse; any nitwit can start a war just by acting violent. We are sometimes bewitched by the power and mastery of advanced technology without realizing that it is not advanced at all to rely on death-dealing weapons, no matter how advanced the technology. And the ability to control people's minds and master civil society to accept oppressive, destructive policies is not advanced either.
The ability to forgive, to be kind and compassionate, these are the most advanced responses people can show, and it doesn't take science and it doesn't take technology to develop. We must look at other ways to develop ourselves if our global civilization is to move forward.
The true mark of an advanced civilization is its ability to carry on peacefully, no matter what happens, and to benefit all of its people.