Looking at the NEWS April 18, 2018: Myths & Perspectives

 

Liberal in tolerance but
Alt-right in protecting freedom of thought and speech.

Sometimes you have to stop focusing on all the crap in this world and appreciate its beauty and serenity and sometimes we just need to broaden our vision to see the whole picture. This is NOT a spectacular photo but click on the photo and you will find two other completely different and beautiful perspectives of EXACTLY the same spot.

Only MY Perspective Is Correct!

In democratic environments (which includes the USA Republic) people are entitled to their thoughts and opinions. Today unfortunately, the Left and many on the Right become not only incensed that you should think or say something with which they disagree, but as indicated in this first article, they might also want to kill you for your offence.

Danish Tourist Robbed at Knifepoint in NYC for Wearing a ‘Make America Great Again’ Hat at Townhall, April 14, 2018 by Timothy Meads

Jannich Andersen was enjoying New York City with his friends so much that he decided to buy his father a gift – a red “Make America Great Again” hat. He said he bought it as a joke and thought it would be acceptable to wear around Union Square subway station. However, a couple of thugs found nothing funny about his accessory choice. … “I get it if someone gets offended and shouts something — but not go to where you pull out a knife and think it’s okay to stab someone over a hat.”

Offended by MYTHS portrayed as FACTS

The other week whilst on a bus I listened as a woman went on and on about how rich the Catholic Church is and how they do nothing to help the poor. As proof of her claim she stated that she has been to the Vatican and seen all the homeless and hungry people that hang around at the entrance. (Go Figure!)

This lady complained that churches are always on Prime Real Estate. Sorry lady, but 100 – 1500 years ago when churches and cathedrals were built in different parts of the world there was no Prime Real Estate – because there were no realtors to flog that concept.

The lady insisted that the church should sell off all of its property and FEED THE POOR.

So let me weigh in on this idea:

1. All churches were the original socialists. It was the churches which built schools, universities and orphanages and which set up soup kitchens and provided shelters and physical assistance to the poor and infirmed. It was not the government.

2. Churches were built on monies donated by the community for whom the buildings became, besides a place of worship, a sanctuary and a refuge.

3. I wonder how much money that lady gave to the poor in Rome and whether she sold off her assets to give to them. Physical structures have financial value but that does not equate with cash-in-hand wealth. Once you sell the local community’s church (the physical structure) and give away the cash, there is no more that you can do. All that you had is gone. Who will continue to support the poor?

4. I spent 15 years in China and I know that the Chinese government confiscated religious property during the Cultural Revolution; a step that they later recognized to have been a mistake. The government gained the property but in the process the civilization lost its culture and for decades now the government has been trying to rectify the damage. Churches, Mosques, Synagogues and Temples and their wealth provide physical, personal, moral and social cultural sustenance. The local community, not the government or ideologues, is the source of a nation’s strength. (Check Confucius on that one!)

5. To take from the rich to give to the poor is a noble concept when talking about Robin Hood, but in real life it is called Communism, and once it becomes the political system, all wealth and power somehow finds its way into the hands of the top one percent.

SPEAKING OF WHICH

A common MYTH or an actual FACT? Where is your evidence?

This Video by PragerU As the Rich Get Richer, the Poor Get Richer talks about the fallacy of the concept that ‘the poor are getting poorer’ and is well worth looking at to see how much of the ‘as everyone knows’ is erroneous.

As Everyone Knows:

In their speeches, my students in China often used the expression: ‘as everyone knows’ and quite often I would interrupt them and say: ‘I’m sorry, but I don’t know what you are talking about!’

‘Everyone knows’ is akin to quoting myths and most certainly a way to avoid providing evidence for your statements. ‘Everyone knows’ that guns are responsible for violent deaths in the USA. ‘Everyone knows’ that students in the USA live in fear of guns, but in China where people have no guns, there were 1100 terrorist acts and many dead over an 18 month period in 2005 and 2006. [I read that in the local news at the time!]

These murderers included people who blew up buses using homemade bombs, bus drivers using knives who slashed passengers, teachers who threw kids out of 4th floor windows, college students who poisoned their classmates’ drinking water and people who threw acid from high rise buildings. They didn’t need guns to kill people.  Conclusion: People kill people! Below is another example from Britain.

Will Enough Ever Be Enough For the Gun Grabbers? Let’s Ask the Libs in Britain Fighting the Knife Crime ‘Epidemic’ by Scott Morefield April 9, 2018

Consider London, England, circa 2018, where the powers-that-be are bumfuzzled by the fact that, for the first time in modern recorded history, the city has experienced more murders than its American counterpart, New York City.

According to The New York Times, London’s 15 killings in February 2018 were above New York City’s 14 murders for the month. And the trend continued into March, with London edging New York City by a margin of 22 to 21.

Although the British capital’s gun laws are among the strictest in the world, a significant spike in knife crimes is the driving force behind this particular crime wave. Last year alone, 80 people were killed by stabbing, and this year’s pace of 31 so far is set to overtake that by a wide margin. To put things in perspective, only 16 people have been killed in London by something OTHER than a knife so far in 2018.

Cops and Guns:

Every year in the USA cops shoot people. The same people who want to void the 2nd Amendment – and the First Amendment as well – are the same people who claim that Police are the problem and they will tell you just how many people (all of which must certainly be black folk killed by white folk) are shot to death every year.

What they won’t tell you is something that is revealed in the most recent PragerU video which says that while 990 people were shot by police in 2014, a John Hopkins study revealed that a quarter of a million people died that year from medical errors. It kind of puts things into perspective doesn’t it?

Who would you trust? A Cop or a Hospital?

Are cops perfect? No. Perfection is an unattainable goal. However, countless officers strive for, and reach excellence every single day. In this week’s video, Former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke explains why, unlike what you may have heard, cops are not the problem.

Communists and Guns:

This photo appears in Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum, Zhongshan Mountain National Park Nanjing Part One [Designed by Lu Yanzhi, a famous architect, the construction of Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum began in March 1926 and ended in the spring of 1929. It is 700 meters from the Memorial Archway to the coffin chamber with 10 terraces and 392 steps between them, and the falling head reaches 70 meters. The main buildings of the mausoleum include the memorial archway, the mausoleum gate, the tablet pavilion, the sacrificial hall and the coffin chamber. On June 1, 1929, a grand burial ceremony was held at the mausoleum which is shaped like an alarm bell, symbolizing Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s unyileding spirit in fighting to arouse people and salvage the nation.]
I read it – and so it must be true – that in China, the Communists led by Mao Zedong, were outnumbered ten-to-one by the Nationalists who were led by Chiang Kaishek, and yet the Communists defeated the Nationalists. How did they do it?

Answer: They simply motivated the uneducated masses by saying anything and everything that would stir them up to rebellion to overthrow the government of China.

During my time in China I heard many reasons given for why the Communists needed to overthrow the Nationalists, but ultimately the truth turned out to be something I read in a Museum – in English – concerning the First Communist Congress. It was decided [and recorded] during that congress, that by any and all means necessary, the Communist Party intended to gain political control of China.

The first thing they did when they took control of China was to ban privately owned guns. They did this for a good reason. If people with guns could be stirred up to overthrow the Nationalist government, then the Communist government could also fall no matter how many troops they had.

All Communist leaders in every communist country have demonstrated that when you control the minds and emotions of the masses, you can accomplish anything at all. The American Left [Communist Zealots] has lots of wonderful high sounding and emotive social agendas but according to Dennis Prager ‘Whatever the Left Touches it Ruins‘ (April 10, 2018)

The most obvious — is the near destruction of most American universities as places of learning. In the words of Harvard professor Steven Pinker — an atheist and a liberal — outside of the natural sciences and a few other disciplines (such as mathematics and business), “universities are becoming laughing stocks of intolerance.”

If you send your children to a university, you are endangering both their mind and their character. There is a real chance they will be more intolerant and more foolish after college than they were when they entered college.

Can we have a successful non-Communist Country?

Until the communists began to infiltrate western society, our societies functioned quite well and so were successful. At this link you can read how communism infiltrates western societies and its aim (while pretending to be concerned for the displaced in society) is to destabilize society so that it collapses. For the communists reading this article, here is my own opinion on what constitutes a successful society.

Successful societies do not result from edicts in law or the edicts of social ideologues. Societies are successful when there is:

Social Harmony: Concern for society as a whole – Not self-centeredness.

Common Goals: To see the country prosper – not just my political party.

Mutual Respect: To say ‘You put up a good fight/ You ran a good race and won – Congratulations!’

Moral Values: Those which are common to most civilizations – not – ‘I’ll do as I please!’

Daily Cooperation: Being polite, kind, edifying and of practical assistance – rather than ‘screw you! Me and Mine before You and Yours.’

Individual Freedom: “You do your thing and let me do mine and we’ll get along just fine.”

Opportunities to be financially successful: Not being controlled by forces which threaten to impoverish us if we do not submit to their will.

Societies succeed when they are strong, and they are only strong when the citizens work together to achieve National Benefit.

The Confucian Ideal

This photo appears in “Confucius Temple in Nanjing Part 1” published in 2008. [The Confucius Temple is located right on the walking street opposite the river, and it is not all that imposing when you first look at it. When you enter (through the ticket gate of course) you follow a path that leads to the Bronze statue, and along the path are a series of ‘Book-like’ Statues that recount details of some notable scholars.]
[Wikipedia] – The worldly concern of Confucianism rests upon the belief that human beings are fundamentally good, and teachable, improvable, and perfectible through personal and communal endeavor especially self-cultivation and self-creation. Confucian thought focuses on the cultivation of virtue in a morally organised world. Some of the basic Confucian ethical concepts and practices include rén, yì, and lǐ, and zhì. Rén (仁, “benevolence” or “humaneness”) is the essence of the human being which manifests as compassion. It is the virtue-form of Heaven.[11] Yì (義/义) is the upholding of righteousness and the moral disposition to do good. Lǐ (禮/礼) is a system of ritual norms and propriety that determines how a person should properly act in everyday life in harmony with the law of Heaven. Zhì (智) is the ability to see what is right and fair, or the converse, in the behaviors exhibited by others. Confucianism holds one in contempt, either passively or actively, for failure to uphold the cardinal moral values of rén and yì.

The Confucian theory is that you first set your own life right. When you have done that, set your family life right. When everyone has done that the local community will be in right order and thereafter so too will be the village, the town, the city, the state and finally the Nation.

But it starts with YOU!

Not the Government!

Not SOMEBODY!

JUST YOU!

Doing and saying the right, kind and decent things.

It takes time, effort, strength, cooperation and timing!

You can have dedication, determination, opportunity and strength BUT WITHOUT cooperation and partnership you won’t succeed. [Click the photo for more from this event]

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Author: R.P. BenDedek

R.P. BenDedek (pseudonym) was born in 1953 in Brisbane Australia. From 2003 to August 2017 he lived and worked in The People's Republic of China. Along with photographic stories from China he has been writing social and political commentaries since 2004. He was editor of Magic City Morning Star from 2009 - 2016 and he has a column at iPatriot.com. He is the author of 'the King's Calendar: The Secret of Qumran' and 'Finding Myself in China: A Politically Incorrect Story.' He is divorced; has 5 children and 16 grandchildren. He is a 4th generation Australian from a racially, ethnically, and religiously diverse family. He has no time for Sociopathic Ideologues or Useful Idiots.

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