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This post was edited by abramicus at 2013-11-12 14:09|
The best way to make friends is to be one. Likewise, the best way to promote good neighborliness is to be a good neighbor. This is true everywhere, for individuals, as well as for countries.
It is tragic that so many innocent Filipino men, women and children should die so suddenly and senselessly in the midst of a tropical storm turned into a Super-Typhoon. The silence from the islands of Leyte and Samar is deafening, because it means there are too few survivors who remain to call for help, and if they did survive the floods and the winds, they had no means of communication at all, and most likely, no food, dry clothing or shelter as well. Faced wth this humanitarian tragedy, China should set aside its political grievances with the Philippines and lend the victims a helping hand, and a big hand at that.
There is no need to advertise China's peaceful intentions, but there is a need to show it by actions, instead of words.
Now is the time when the Philippine government and people are listening for the sound of planes arriving from China to drop off food, clothing, tents and medicines to the survivors scattered across these battered islands. Just as their silence is deafening to the world, the absence of any Chinese planes flying overhead, or the boom of Chinese ships smokestacks heralding the arrival of food and clothing from across the seas, is deafening to the ears of the Filipino people. Not that they deserved it because of what they had done for China in the past. But because they deserved such help from their Chinese neighbors, because they are human. If a dog fell into the river and managed to escape drowing by swimming to shore, a human being would have come to the dog's help, not because the dog deserved his kindness, but because a human being is human, and being human is not about being just, being rich, or being respected. Being human is about treating others as one would want others to treat oneself.
Confucius taught this to his contemporaneous Chinese citizens and officials.
China has established hundreds of Confucius Institutes around the world. Isn't it time that China make his teachings come to life at this opportune moment, to show that Chinese are human also, and will treat other human beings as he would wnat himself to be treated? And if this opportunity should pass without a sincere gesture of humanitarianism, then China can trumpet Confucius for another thousand years, and there would be no believer in the end.
Time for China to show it is a great country by pouring aid to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars, to save lives, to clothe them, to shelter them, not because they did anything to deserve this generosity, but because of what Chinamen are, 100% human beings.