Recommended reading: China and the West revisited
In his post, David made a very simple but profound comment, which I fully endorse:
Do you remember that particular Aesop’s fable? The one in which the sun easily accomplishes a task failed by the north wind?
For those who are unfamiliar with this particular reference of the Aesopica, check out this Wikipedia entry on “The North Wind and the Sun“. The moral of the story is: Kindness, gentleness, and persuasion win where force fails.
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