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China’s Book of Virtues?

China is worried about the"greed" I mean wave of common sense that has hit their people in the wake of their economic boom. Apparently they don’t all like being good little socialists living like dogs in the countryside anymore. So their propaganda machine is out in full force to extoll the virtues of modest living. This could be interesting to watch.

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Having destroyed or retarded the institutions which could have helped them - Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism - having destroyed huge numbers of their shrines and temples and ridiculed their ancient and beautiful doctrines, ALL of which preached restraint and self denial, that evil government will have a hard time furnishing some novel doctrine to teach simple living. Could they appeal to duty toward family and locality better than Confucians have? Could they offer insights into the misery prompted by desire better than the Chan school? Can the Communist philistines improve on this:


...Let there be


A visible simplicity of life,


Embracing unpretentious ways,


And small self-interest


And poverty of coveting

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