Foreign Devils and Barbarians

February 14, 2010

While reading A World Too New by Edmund S. Morgan (Smithsonian Magazine, October 2009), an explanation was provided to explain the conquests and slaughters that were to take place for centuries between 1492 and modern times (and I’m not sure the crusades are over yet).

Morgan wrote that Columbus believed “Christ saved those who believed in him, and it was the duty of Christians to spread his gospel and thus rescue the heathens from the fate that would otherwise await them.” (pg 84)

“Slavery was an ancient instrument of civilization, and in the 15th century it had been revived as a way to deal with barbarians who refused to accept Christianity and the rule of civilized government.” (pg 86).

Although China was exposed to the world’s major religions centuries earlier than Columbus, none had a major influence in China by the 19th century. Even today, the majority of Chinese claim to have no religion.

Yet, the Chinese have a morality (honor and piety) that is equal (if not better) to Christianity and Islam without the need to convince others through wars to adopt the same behaviors and beliefs. There is no history that China went to war to change the beliefs of foreign devils and barbarians, as they saw the rest of the world for thousands of years well before Columbus.

Lloyd Lofthouse is the author of the award winning novels My Splendid Concubine and Our Hart.

When China Speaks

February 9, 2010

It may not always be in the interest of the United States when China offers advice, but it would be best to listen carefully. When countries compare histories, China’s light would shine against many Christian and Islamic nations that have often waged wars needlessly. China’s philosophical and religious foundations from Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism have had a large influence over “many” but not all of China’s decisions.

1492 by Gavin Menzies

In  1421, a huge Chinese armada sailed across the Pacific, then the Indian Ocean.  The Chinese did some exploring and trading, then went home to stay. There were no wars—no land grabs or invasions. Seventy years later, Columbus crossed the Atlantic and found the Americas. In a few centuries, many ancient civilizations vanished and millions died.

For more than two thousand years, China was a super power and the leaders of China never used that power to wage wars of conquest like the West. Then in the 19th century, the Chinese became the victims of Western Imperialism.

So, when the Chinese Foreign Minister urges patience in Iran nuclear talks, maybe America, in its endless ” wisdom“, should listen before millions die in more needless wars. I’m sure that China doesn’t want a nuclear Iran any more than the rest of the world. Afer all, Tehran’s future missles are closer to Beijing, and China is no stranger to problems with Islam.


Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of the concubine saga, My Splendid Concubine & Our Hart. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too.

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