DECEMBER 29, 2020
WISDOM FROM THE “OLD FOLKS”
The younger generations are often exceedingly bright, especially with modern technological advancements, space research, and the like. But being bright alone does not overcome ignorance. Are young people often not ignorant of, among other things, Buddhism, Confucianism, Judeo Christianity, and a peaceful brand of Islam? To them, Socrates and Augustine are just old guys who knew nothing about black holes and evolution. Surprisingly, all the ancient sages and religions seem to agree that unless government secures “The Mandate of Heaven” (Confucius) they cannot support a just society. Wonder why? Who knows, but these learned old folks seem to be on to something. May it not be that without that “mandate” a government cannot secure the loyalty of the governed but must, instead, resort to the force of governmental power.