“In this world overflowing with material desires, life truly is too bitter. If you are a pure-hearted and honest person who avoids conflict, then others will use and bully you. If you have talent, virtue, and good looks, then others will grow jealous and undermine you. If you are magnanimous and accommodating, others will violate and hurt you. If you want no conflicts with anyone, you also have to desire nothing from this world. At the same time, you also need to maintain your strength and prepare to fight at all times. If you want to coexist peacefully with others, you first have to make nice with them and always be ready to be taken advantage of.”—Yang Jiang
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Every week, China Program’s Senior Advisor Dr. Robert A. Kapp compiles a reading list and provides commentary, for you to better understand China.
Robert A. Kapp is senior advisor to the China Program at the Carter Center. He has been principal of Robert A. Kapp and Associates, a business consulting firm, since 2004. From 1994 through 2004 he served as President of the United States-China Business Council…