Throwing a shoe at Wen Jia Bao created very little arousal among the Chinese. Time has changed since the Olympics. One Chinese commenter on MITBBS was concerned about how the shoe-thrower walked out of the building on his way to jail bare-footed, in the snow falling in London at that time. Did the police lend him a shoe to remedy his uneven legs?
A year ago I would be choking back vomit when reading news about the shoe-thrower and his likes. This time, I did not even bother to watch the video of the incident on the internet. I did not feel Wen’s remarks after the incident particularly inspiring because I did not see the incident as worth anybody’s attention. Even Wen’s activities in that part of the world seemed of little significance beyond formality and symbolism.
Indifference is a sign of maturity gained from experiences. It allows one to see through phenomena that have salience but little substance. The Chinese parable, “the Donkey of Guizhou (黔之驴)”, is of great metaphorical value in understanding the process of maturation.
“At the beginning Guizhou had no donkey. Then a certain person introduced a donkey to Guizhou. The local tiger at first approached the donkey with great trepidation. When the donkey raised his hooves and displayed his kicking skills, the tiger fled. But after a few rounds of progressively intimate encounters, the tiger figured out that the ineffective kicks were the only way the donkey could do damage. Then the tiger devoured the donkey, and Guidzhou became donkey-free again.”
China’s encounters with the activist scoundrels of the West are like the tiger’s intercourse with the Donkey. The Olympics introduced Western activist scoundrels to China. At the beginning they were arousing, because they were creepy. But eventually you figure them out. After all, they are donkeys (AKA asses in the US). They are the same scoundrels as the more mundane type, like the two guys who took off all their clothes and sunned their ass cracks in the Summer Palace on a bright spring Beijing day a couple of years ago.
Happy lantern festival. Have a prosperous year of the Ox everyone.
a more mature bxbq