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"Benevolence" Re-defined Thru the Eye of Haiyan [Copy link] 中文

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This post was edited by abramicus at 2013-11-16 14:06

China's intentionally parsimonious dishing out of aid to the Philippine after the Haiyan typhoon devastation merits discussion and analysis.

On the level of Western humanism, where all men are fundamentally equally entitled to certain freedoms and rights, China's refusal to provide meaningful and timely aid to the victims of Haiyan smacks of callousness, coldness and cruelty.  But these traits are not far from the memory of the Chinese people and their government as in the manner their forefathers were treated by the Europeans and then by the Japanese.  Rather than positing these negatives as exceptions, the Chinese people have every reason to posit them as givens of the world she was thrust into in the 19th and 20th centuries.  Benevolence by other countries to China, have always, historically been the exception.

If Pancho fell ill, after inciting Don Quixote to attack the windmill, the windmill owners most naturally feel no obligation to send Pancho to the emergency room, or to provide first aid.

After all, when Pancho was well, he tried to have the arms of the windmill cut off by the masterful strokes of his master, Don Quixote, the man from La Mancha.

In the perspective of reality as it happened to China historically, benevolence of China to its neighbors cannot be considered an entitlement of its neighbors.  Rather, it is something that has to be earned.  And in this regard, the Philippines has not demonstrated how it had earned China's favor, sympathy and aid.

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