Sunday, April 24, 2005

Add-ons about anti-Japan

Recently I read a reflective post from a Japanese. The blogger (psyhiro) holds a brave and self-critical attitude towards his own government and education system. Furthermore, he shows understanding to the marching people: "I surely see a deep sorrow, anger within the eyes of Chinese people... I see what they want, at least for now, is the right understandings of the historical fact."

I hope the others could get this kind of quality. When I heard some demonstrators cried boos to Szeto Wah just while his speech related to Tiananmen Incident in a local anti-Japan march, I know we still have a lot to learn. (If you are interested to see some photos from the March, please go to Hong Kong Digital Vision.) In fact, there are things we can do before loving your country: to read, to learn, to listen and to think about.

You will never have a quiet world until you knock the patriotism out of the human race.
— George Bernard Shaw

Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.
— Samuel Johnson

Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism -- how passionately I hate them!
— Albert Einstein