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Aid offer bonds old foes – compassion dissolves war. March 13, 2011

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THE earthquake and tsunami that devastated northern Japan may ease strained relations with China, allowing the rivals for the moment to look past lingering territorial, economic, military and historical disputes.

When news of the disaster spread, Chinese leaders offered condolences and support. China is also prone to earthquakes and Chinese officials put a rescue team in place to send to Japan if needed.

China’s Defence Minister, Liang Guanglie, called his Japanese counterpart, Toshimi Kitazawa, to offer military assets. Chinese premier Wen Jiabao also had a telephone conversation Friday with Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan and offered China’s condolences and help.

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China’s show of sympathy and solidarity towards an Asian neighbour in distress contrasts with the heated rhetoric of the past half-year, which saw anti-Japan demonstrations and the cancelling of ministry-level exchanges and tour groups.

Officially sanctioned editorials talked about shared pain and what China can learn from Japan’s response to the disaster. Commentary from state-run Xinhua, recalled how Japan assisted China after the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan province.

”The virtue of returning the favour after receiving one runs in the blood of both nations,” commentary said.



When I read news that China is offering help to Japan, I felt a great sense of comfort. At least, it isn’t what I have been hearing from certain groups of people who seem to think that the Tsunami in Japan is a sheer kind of retribution. Regardless if it is one or not, I wouldn’t think we should say that. And I think China has made the right move in sending words of concern and sympathy; and more vitally real action of assistance by mobilising teams to help Japan.

It would have been very wrong to stay aloof at Japan’s current plight. Not to mention about feeling totally mean about the neuclear explosions and the massive physical devastation to their infrastructure. In Singapore, I heard there is a national team of peoplw who will be meeting up at Raffles Place this Wednesday to pray for the Japanese. I don’t know what exactly that is, but if time permits I want to join in too.

Compassion yields compassion. Perhaps at this very trying time in Japan, these actions of help might well be a source of light that shines globally that humanity still exists. Doesn’t matter if you are Caucasian, Asian, African, Hispanic, Mexican, Indian or Chinese; in times of need, when you feel lost, there will be ready help when one needs it. It should be a change of emotional tide about the past grudges about who did what to who. Trying to line up the atrocities only breed further anger that might end up engulfing both parties.

What we should learn about history is about what went wrong. And not counting foes and wrongdoings for ‘revenge’. Surely there are uncountable misgivings. My grandparents, like most others, have suffered tremendously during World War 2, when the Japanese occupied Singapore. It wasn’t any peach and roses. Many went to fight against the Japanese and had been killed on the spot or sent to the notorious massacre at Hong Lim Park or the Changi beach. Even today, Asian countries are still wary of Japan.

Personally I have thought about the historical impact and I can honestly say that I do not like some of the ways the Japanese are, typically their history texts about the World War. But I also know that many Japanese are not mean and know where their flaws are. The Japanese community here in Singapore are very modest and extremely hardworking. And I know with their industriousness and perseverance, they will survive this natual calamity well. It will be difficult but if they can survive 2 atomic bombs from the US, and come up from the ruins after the war; then they can recover and survive this current one.

Just remember that the history of civilsations, that every one of them has done some misgivings at some point. It would be a dire and regretable mistake to repeat them mainly because of revenge.

Can’t type too much for now. I need to get up super early and I am now left with 5 hours of sleep. But I sincerely hope Japan recovers and that from this nightmare comes a dream of true hope, where peoples’ compassion will dissolve all woes of the past. — Karen Fu

‘The Human Religion is Love’ Teresa Hsu’s 100 years of Simple Love beats Pretentious Theories. March 5, 2011

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(A) “The Human Religion is Love’

Simply said and dutifully followed excellently for the past 100 years.

All her siblings are all deceased except her. Listen to what she says and notice how she says & you’ll easily notice her lucid clarity shows no sign of slowing down at her ripe age of 113. She offers not only the art of longevity but she gives priceless insights of great life by first being pure-hearted. I love it!

She feels uneasy when she is better off than the poor. And thus joins one of the them to feel for them, as she believes that it is not good to enjoy in the face of the poor. As long as she is alive, she makes sure that no one goes hungry.

Teresa Hsu (XuZhe) at 113 gives all in a simple notion ‘Love’  Noting more, nothing less. She bears no anger, no hatred, no sense of revenge. I feel she has understood the truest notion of what life is and how to value add people’s life by eliminating hunger and offering a great sense of sharing.By constantly asking what she could do every day to make sure that no one goes hungry, she keeps a simple life routine that focuses her time to value add others.  I wish that politicians and all leaders alike could do that. In fact, we should all aim towards this goal. It is a pure shame that people tend to be greedy over trivial things that waste time when the same amount of time could be use to share and give.And it is more than shame to manipulate people for selfish goals. But as life would have it, there would be precious  lessons like this one that keeps humanity going. TED Singapore has interviewed her and I wish far more people could read her:

(B) Poverty and the Poor

The majority of the world population is poor. There is no great policy in the world that has totally eradicated poverty and hunger. This is an important root problem to social unrest. Everyday I see all kinds of people. People who have all the luxury in the world & yet feel they need to exploit it all.

While economists, politicians, financiers etc romp around in complex policies about how to chop down poverty and hunger in a mess; she offers us a simple yet great formula of sharing, giving and love as a simple yet viable solution— the love of making sure that as long as she is alive, she will share her bowl of rice; making sure that ‘no one eats grass’. It may sound ‘simplistic’, and to some it may even sound laughable and childish. But its underlying concept of showing sheer empathy and earnesty to give, share and help goes way further than pretentious policies/ theories. If everyone were like her, we would be living in a chaos-free life. We won’t need to waste time and resources that often takes a merry go round around a problem. We could save our resources for enjoying a life of peace.

Looking at her great health and her vitality, I cannot help to think that her youth with an intelligent sense of humour is her reward from nature.  Her daily routine of  helping an average of 20 needy people everyday by moving around visiting underpriviledged elderly who are ironically much younger than her is impressive. Her voice is steady and her thoughts are impeccably sharp.

She mentions about her own hunger and uses that as her mantra in life: ‘grass didn’t satisfy my hunger though it satisfy my thought of hunger’ and thus ‘no one has to eat grass’ as long as she is alive. She will save her rice bowl for others. And when they are both equally hungry, they will share the bowl of rice. If she isn’t hungry, she would give all her rice.

(C) Life

Rather laugh than to cry in the face of adversity. Try the best you can and accept the rest. Know no anger can be hard, but try the best to smile as you work your way out. For anger, sadness dries your energy. Being mean sucks your life up. Look at her vitality and great health, I cannot help but to feel consoled that being nice and honest offers you at least sanity, sharp clarity and impeccable logic that are vital to sane and sustainable living. Her mark of clarity and simplicity is like no other. I have heard that she forgave those who mistreated her. Such sense of magnamity is rare in today’s world where people could choose to inflict harm to even to the most harmless of peoples.


While there are injustices around, rest assured that life has its natural ways of giving the transquility and smooth flow within one’s body to keep it healthy. Health is the most important factor to happiness. One may rich and powerful, but if the lack of kindness, and sheer honest integrity and love for human kind gives one the lack of trust that keeps the mind sane. Throughout history, there are boundless cases of insane people who opted a complicated life full of treachery. Why should we repeat the ills our predecesors hath done?

(D) Everyone’s a Family.

Everyone’s a family. And that very family is our planet earth. If we do what she does, would we need to demonstrate, yell the heads off for peace; trying every policy to rid off hunger and poverty? Food is precious. Time is precious. Her sense of living is simple but effective. It does good to the individual and to a world where food supply is lacking and diseases mutating. Physical and mental workout in her way may not befit any commerical sense. But try recalling a couple of very wealthy people whose health is on the line yet still thinking of scrapping every consumer dry.


By the end of the day, the person who gives gains more. The person who tries all uncanny ways to reap for their own need dwindles. Nature doesn’t work in the formula where people chooses to ‘eat’ one another up. Nature works in harmony only when one understands what simple ‘love’ is.

I always pity that she has not married, not honored beyond what she has been given. Perhaps it is the fact that she is simple that prestigious Universities and colleges choose to ignore her. Or that she lacks the ability to do profound findings. But I earnestly feel she has made one solid point: she used all that she have, and she genuinely uses her knowledge to do good. Not that she pretends to be good, she really means and does good. With such great sense of humor coupled with a big sense of wisdom, she shows her intelligence of words and fine layman psychology to understand people. Her words know no ridiculous, superfluous jargon. Simple, luicid, straight to the point; she delievers far more than a crazy looking thesis that is trying to smart. Thus beats different types of #$! theories that don’t work for the masses.

When solutions fail for the masses, riots and unreats will appear. The many reasons why we have all the rubbish. One of those is because we prefer to differentiate from one another and always on the greed-go to get more when one has already got more than enough.

Teresa Hsu is damn cool. She may not be wearing the funkiest street wear or any designer brand dresses and make up; but she gets her sense of beauty by being a true woman of substance. Her knowledge weighs ahead of anyone with a degree because she practices what she preaches. Shame those men who didn’t marry her. If I were a man, I would!

— Karen Fu

Further Reference:

1. Snappy Shots  on Her Idea of Life

Quick thoughts about ‘Abandon Earth—Or Face Extinction’ by Stephen Hawking February 18, 2011

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Can’t help but feel compelled to make this draft into the a formal post straight away. Might not be doing much impact but I thought I might as well write it anyway.

I feel Dr Hawkings has over emphasized in the logic of hard core Sciences for survival. For if there is lack of humanity in various ethical thoughts, that our human race would perish despite technological advances.

There are certain uncanny ways about how life and the universe works which perhaps is incomprehensivable even by science. Despite the rules that human mind research could delve into in their individual ways and feelings about how things work. I think we have not developed till that stage where the entire universe can be fully comprehend, else we will not have developed new problems that need new solutions to solve. If we have genuinely understood the root concept of problem solving, we will not problems sprouting out from existing ones. We could have simply sort the problem spot on.

Many of these problems simply morph in form. Not loosing an ounce in essence, the solutions usually require a far more complex way of solving.

If we need to sustain our race beyond the next 100 years or so, we need to find the root problem as to why we have come to this dire point. The thinking process doesn’t require a mere escape in the physical space we live.

I have no doubt that one day our race will eventually be left with no choice but to emmigrate to space. That is if we cannot change what what we have been doing in time. The future living space may well be mars; it may well be a human made platform or synthetic space ground for our future generations to live on. Under a totally new environment, a brand new set of problems will sufface if we cannot face out our own humanisitc problems in thought which controls our decisions that shape our living space on earth.

There is no doubt that the brilliance of the human mind could also solve some of the toughest scientific problems around. However, I have the feeling that we may be dwelling in linear thought or rather we are moving into a history old, seemingly genetically formulated code in our genes into digging more deeper holes and simply swapping spaces for our root problem —- the pertinent issue that we refuse to face the daunting thought that we have been bending rules of nature which is the result for our current dire situation.

We have not changed much in the area of survival. Human greed has not been changed much for centuries and let history be told, whether in total truth or with partial biasness, that our forebearers have merely altered their way of being selfish and that technological knowhow has been used to further exploit in the most uncanny of ways.

There is no doubt that we would eventually be living in space if our existing problems cannot be eradicated in time. It may well be we cannot sort them at all. Climate and land changes have proved in reality of the impending outcome of extiction if we still live on this planet. We have almost depleted our natural resources and also at the expense of other living species in any form for the sole selfishness of just one specie, and that is us.

We need to be truthfully honest about what we and our forebearers have done and how our past and existing thinking had maketh us our own assassinators for our own sustainable survival.

Our knowledge in humanities, science & technology should continue advancing in depth and in width. But we need a source of change that directs us to genuine sustainablity. And that is to make a real conscience about who we are and what we need to do. Not with the impurity of new so-called colours that smudge; but with the eventual outcome of being totally pure as light that will shine us into ever lasting exisitence.

And that one of the several human components may well be a far simpler thought: and that is ethics of sharing, loving and to be far less menacing & hypocritical in today’s fast advancing, pragmatic life of selfish materialism. We are all in a way guilty. Perhaps via the way of doing bit of good everyday and have a far more daring gut toadmit fault & make every modest good step forward; we may perhaps create a miracle that science and religion will be most happy to jot down in our human history.

It’s really a collaborative effort.

Got to run off now. It’s a very quick one-off draft. I want to write more. But I have to go off for now. —- Karen Fu