The source of Xi Jinping’s inner peace
Vince Dhimos answered a question at Quora.
As the US and China are becoming more and more hostile to each other, it seems that all countries have to pick a side of either the US or China. Which side will or should your country pick?
Vince Dhimos certificate from Mandarin Chinese (language) & Chinese Culture, History, National Taiwan Normal University (Graduated 1990)
It is inaccurate to say that the US and China are “hostile to each other.” Only the US is hostile. China waxes neither hot nor cold. It is not led by its emotions. China is imbued with the ancient Confucian ideal of harmony and also with a certain ideal of equanimity and calm, as exemplified by a traditional Chinese folk tale titled 塞翁失馬 (Sāi Wēng Shī Mǎ), which tells a story as recited at a web site
Sai Weng Shi Ma 塞翁失馬 • Eve Out of the Garden
Sai Weng lived in the northern frontier of China. One day one of his horses disappeared. His neighbours came out to console him, “poor Sai Weng, he has lost a horse.”
But the old man was not sad, “Hmmmm…..this may not be a bad thing….”
Days later his horse returned of its own accord, bringing with it another, even better horse. Once again his neighbours came out, this time to congratulate him on his good fortune.
But he was not quick to gloat. “Hmmmm….this is not something worth celebrating. Obtaining a horse may be a stroke of bad luck.”
Sai Weng’s son loved the new horse, and he was good at taming the wild horses. But one day, he fell from the horse, breaking his leg. Once again Sai Weng’s neighbors came out to console him after hearing the bad news.
But the old man replied, “Hmmmmm…..it is still hard to say if this broken leg is calamity or good fortune.”
Sometime later China went to war with the northern barbarians, and all the young men were commanded to go to war. The war went on for years, and many young men were killed, but Sai Weng’s son was not drafted into the war because of his broken leg, and so he remained living a peaceful life.
As this Chinese story illustrates, sometimes bad luck turns out to be good, and sometimes good luck turns out to be bad.
This ancient wisdom is something very few Westerners understand, political ideologists least of all.
And here is the Chinese wisdom in response to your question:
It doesn’t matter which side your country comes down on. The Chinese will always be the Chinese and will always remain unmoved by whatever the winds of fortune may bring their way. 800 million workers will rise at dawn and set their noses to the grindstone every day to solve their problems with common sense and calm, ignoring the fierce US and its satellites as they beat their breasts and knock themselves out trying to defeat them. For they are neither friend nor foe, they are and forever will remain the Chinese
China’s is a winning strategy whether you are for it or against it. But if you are for it, you win. If you are against it, you lose.