Confucian sage Mencius on the rise and fall of empires:
The Three Dynasties won the empire through benevolence and lost it through cruelty. This is true of the rise and fall, survival and collapse, of states as well. An emperor cannot keep the empire within the Four Seas unless he is benevolent; a feudal lord cannot preserve the altars to the gods of earth and grain unless he is benevolent; a minister or a counsellor cannot preserve his ancestral temple unless he is benevolent; a gentleman or a commoner cannot preserve his four limbs unless he is benevolent. To dislike death yet revel in cruelty is no different from drinking beyond your capacity despite your dislike of drunkenness.
Actress Sharon Stone on the behavior of the current Chinese dynasty and the recent Sichuan earthquake:
Then all this earthquake and all this stuff happened, and I thought, is that karma? When you’re not nice, that the bad things happen to you?" said the 50-year-old star.
But the "Basic Instinct" actress had a change of heart when she got a letter from the Tibetan Foundation saying the organization wanted to be helpful to the quake victims. Stone was humbled.
"That made me cry," she said. "Sometimes you have to learn to put your head down and be of service, even to people who aren't nice to you. That's a big lesson for me.
See? Contrary to the blogosphere spin that's certainly coming on this, Ms. Stone only appears to be a raving idiot. She's actually demonstrating her deep and profound erudition in the Chinese classics. No doubt Ms. Stone's implicit call for revolt and a new Son of Heaven will be heeded by the people of Sichuan, once they finish burying the rest of the bodies.