Zhao Guang and Yahoo!

Yi Dou

PureInsight | January 2, 2006

[PureInsight.org] Recently I read a story about the person named Zhao Guang from Song dynasty. Zhao Guang was from the city of Hefei. When he was young, he served as the page to Li Boshi, a famous painter. He always watched and tended to Li's needs when Li painted. As time went on, Zhao Guang became a good painter himself. He was especially good at painting horses. Eventually, his paintings became as sought after as Li Boshi's paintings. During the reign of Emperor Gaozhong of the Song Dynasty, the army from the Jin kingdom invaded the southern part of China. It captured many people as prisoners of war, including Zhao Guang. When they heard that Zhao Guang was a good painter, the Jin army officials asked him to paint the beautiful Chinese women that they had captured. Zhao Guang refused to do so. They threatened him with a knife, and yet Zhao Guang still refused to do so. The Jin army officials came to admire his courage. They cut the thumb of his right hand and set him free.

Yesterday I read a news story. On Sept. 11, 2005, Washington Post published an article by a reporter named Peter S. Goodman. According to the article, Shi Tao, a reporter from Modern Business News in Hunan Province, China, had used Yahoo! email to send an internal document to an overseas website. The document contained the government's warning to reporters, telling them not to publish articles about the July 4th Massacre on Tiananmen Square as the anniversary of the event was approaching. Because Yahoo! cooperated with the Chinese regime and sent Shi Tao's personal information to the Chinese police, Shi Tao was arrested and sentenced to ten years in prison. When asked about it, the founder of Yahoo! said that the company had no choice but to cooperate with the Chinese Communist regime.

A little page was willing to risk his life to stand up to his enemy. But a media giant was willing to sell its soul for financial benefit. It only took a few hundred years for people to become so cold-hearted and degenerate. It makes me think about the poem "Danger" from Hong Yin II.

"The world's morality declines day by day, everyone furthers the process
Rotten ghosts take the lead, and humans follow
I worry about the people of the world
People don't care about themselves"

Translated from: http://www.zhengjian.org/zj/articles/2005/11/28/34758p.html

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