Chinese antiques civilization evolved very separately from influences from the west until modern times, and those were more of warships and gunboat diplomacy by the west to intrude itself into commerce of the Orient. The west has much to feel shame about in it's treatment of China, as does Japan, and for which China never ceases to remind all guilty parties. This has become such an ingrained self defence mechanism that China continues to use it to this day, whether it holds the high moral ground or not.
To China, any statement in criticism of any policy of modern China is to invite near assault, as television cameras from London to Paris to San Francisco to elsewhere have shown us, until now the Olympic torch, this democratic symbol of athletes showing their best is becoming more a Roman Circus parade, in which the army surround the prisoner in his cage on his way to the stadium. There, he would be ritually strangled to cheering thousands, or offered as a combatant with a small sword against a lion.
This could be modern China's solution to so much world dissatisfaction with their moral rights to yet be worthy of holding the icon of democracy, the Olympic torch: the world seems to say loudly that they are not. In sympathy with the feelings of the ancient Greek governing council of Thirty, as those who ruled Socrates imbibe the life releasing chalice of hemlock, so that for China: to distribute to each Tibetan monk who dares speak from his heart, or his mind. Alexander the Great knew those Thirty were all driven from power soon after such cruel folly.
Greece would honor those who spoke their minds in honest protest of a wrong. However, in 2008 Beijing, as in Rome at any time or Greece in 469 B C E, the Socratic group of monks from Tibet could be paraded in chains through the smoggy air of Beijing without masks. Hell on earth itself would be to parade them around Beijing without masks until they cough or drop, an updated Bataan march. Then China, the world's most glorious civilization, as they keep telling us, could take these terrorist monks into the stadium to the Chinese only crowd, all will like Confucious do as the emperor says, and will show thumbs down as the Manchurian tigers enter through the other gate.
All is quiet with drama, for a short while. But, soon, what Han batons could not quite complete, nor could the reeducation camps, but quickly could the mighty tiger. Dragon tiger, did he who make thee, make me? So, if we care, and we are there, why not bypass these Roman circus fakes of the true spirit of Athens and democratic speech andfree athletes, bypass made in China if modern. Buy Chinese antiques before they reah that curve in their progress from dollar an hour to who has great grandmother's Ming vases?
You do, which you are buying now. So clear your mantle, Mickey. Buy low, enjoy, and a decade from now, when the guys are having a yard block sales of their modern Chinese junk, say you are busy. Someone on the net has just bid two extra zeros onto that Ming vase I love. Well, Mings and Chinese antique things I do love, but I sense my love being overwhelmed by the sound of dollars, a million callers. Makes you wish you had bought more back then. You still can. But as China becomes more rich, so will those at the top.
And it will be they who will eventually, as in Japan decades earlier, stop just thrilling about their modern gadgets and cellphone photos. What about our Chinese antiques heritage? Have we got a Ming mantle for you, new rich Sam Ming Kew. Yes, Mickey, you rebuilt your mantle. Smart investing. Serves you good, Lady Marion, and Sir Robin Hood.
Derek Dashwood enjoys noticing positive ways we progress, the combining of science into the humanities to measure politics, wise use and mis use of power and protective love at