The opinions expressed in this column are those of the author and not necessarily those of the Davis Clipper.
Several weeks ago, I spent a week in China on business. My first business trip to China was in 1981. Since then I have returned to China several times a year – sometime even four or five times. In my professional capacity I have represented Chinese soft goods manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, one of China’s largest automobile manufacturers, and even the national government.
Ten years ago in Shanghai the construction of a large office building began next to the hotel at which I regularly stayed. During the next five years I watched the progress of this building. It had a gleaming exterior and the entry hallway was a classic soft white marble. As the building grew higher, I had a clear view from my hotel window of the interior floors. It was indeed an office building that would have done credit to any major city in the world. It was completed a little over five years ago.
Today the building is still almost entirely empty. A multi-million dollar example of what happens when shining exteriors attempt to hide empty interiors. There are literally hundreds of similar examples of new but empty buildings throughout China. Some of them are office buildings, some are apartment buildings. All of them are examples of the deceitfulness of outward appearances masking empty interiors.
The recent upheaval in the Chinese stock exchanges is a dire warning that the reality of what these empty interiors are hiding in terms of the supposed strength of the Chinese economy is now becoming apparent.
Ironically, while I was in China, another example of the paucity of truth in a “shining exterior” that is in reality an “empty interior” took place in the United States. The Supreme Court’s decision regarding the right of the individual states to regulate “same-sex” marriage was announced. In the ruling the majority opinion cited Confucius’ teachings about marriage as support for the Court’s decision.
Zeng Yi, a Professor of Chinese Philosophy at Tongji University, slammed the Court ruling as an “anti-human crime.” Professor Zeng argued that homosexuality is against Confucian beliefs. He also quoted from “The Book of Rites,” one of the Chinese Five Classics of the Confucian canon, which says “…the marriage ceremony is to unite two genders…and to produce offspring.”
Another Confucian work, The Mencius, says… “there are three types of impiety against your parents. Having no offspring is the worst of all.”
It may seem that trying to show a similarity between new buildings that remain empty and a Supreme Court decision that attempts to distort the teachings of one of the world’s great religious philosophers is something of a stretch. I see them as visible evidence of a world that is full of deceitfulness in attempting to dignify falsehoods created by those “…who love and make a lie.”
And as the Apostle John wrote 2,000 years ago, damnation is the ultimate destiny of those “…who love and make a lie.”