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Monday, 29 June 2020

The 7 Belief systems: from trialism to dualism to monism

China is an interesting study object, in very many ways. Recently, I wondered how China fits in my concept of trialism and dualism. Actually, it does not. When you flatten a triangle, a line will emerge (ie, dualism). When you shrink that line, a dot will emerge. That dot represents monism, which "attributes oneness or singleness to a concept e.g., existence" (Wiki). 

I have updated my diagram of 6 August 2019 to reflect monism. That diagram was introduced in my blog of 19 August 2020 on the 2019 update of the 7 Belief systems.

Today, China is probably the best example of monism. From a perspective of vulnerability (my blogs), a triangle is least fragile and a dot is most fragile.

A line may still give alliances, characterized by dualism (eg, Europe-USA). However, a dot "attributes oneness or singleness to a concept e.g., existence" (Wiki).

In 2013, I had a small dot on my back. That dot swiftly grew in size once it was touched. Upon examination, it appeared to be an aggressive skin cancer. To some extent, this analogy also seems applicable to China. I was lucky that my melanoma was not lethal. Twenty Indian soldiers were less lucky when confronting Chinese soldiers in the Himalaya (Wiki).

The current assertiveness - or aggressiveness, if you prefer - of China is creating conflicts around the world, like cyber attacks on Australia, militarization of islands in the South China Sea, terminating Hong Kong independence, "seizing" strategic assets following debt-trap diplomacy (eg, Sri Lanka), arresting foreigners for international leverage (eg, Canada).

On 4 June 2020, the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China was established, in accordance with Isaac Newton's third law of motion: for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The IPAC is "an international, cross-party alliance of parliamentarians from democratic countries focused on relations with [] China, and specifically, the Chinese Communist Party".

The above makes you wonder whether the Chinese president has read The Art of War (see quotes) by Sun Tzu (544 BC - 496 BC), a Chinese general, military strategist, writer and philosopher. For instance: “Even the finest sword plunged into salt water will eventually rust.”

Alone and Forsaken (1955) by Emmylou Harris and Mark Knopfler (2001)


Note: all markings (bolditalicunderlining) by LO unless stated otherwise.

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