I was watching some of the making of the recent “Karate Kid” with Jackie Chan. The film was created by Will Smith as a vehicle and learning experience for his son. It was filmed in Beijing’s studio back alleyways, storage yards and by ways.
I purchase my silk organza bags, crystals and other art supplies directly from a manufacturer in Beijing. I have come to respect and frankly love my friends in China. I always celebrate the Chinese New Year with my family in respect for their culture.
The Chinese people are very interesting and disciplined people. One of the scenes in the Karate Kid movie was filmed at a real Kung Fu school for children, in specific, boys. Each child was perfectly aligned and moved in sync with the commands of the master(teacher). A perfect picture of discipline and diligence.
So many people I know flounder through life, not knowing where they are going. They have very little direction. We are late to appointments, lack good manners, have little self control among other things that severely need improvement. My thought was, if every single american child (even if only the males) were made to learn that kind of discipline and integrity, where would our country be today? It saddens me.
Every electronic device we love, the ipad, ipod, kindle fire, etc, are ALL made in China, and we eat them up. The Xbox, the Wii, and so many others including phones are all made in China. We depend upon China for our technology. Our society is being built upon it now. Our kids cannot succeed in school without access to the internet and soft ware to help them learn like Powerpoint.
Another thought, we owe China SO much money, one day, our grace with them will run out and they will call for our payback of the debt we owe them. What do you think will happen? ……Let me tell you. We will fall as a nation. Our “Super Power” will cease.
As an artist, so many despise Chinese products, yet we continue to rely upon Chinese technology without a flinch. What hypocrites we are! I for one, will learn the Chinese language and teach it to my kids. I will respect their market and their discipline. They will one day conquer us..and we will not be so resistant to them then. Even the Indian people are more educated than our own children in America, yet we have such pride. Why? What pride do we posses that gives us the right to put ourselves on a pedistool?
So, I say to you, my American friends and family, be wise, respectful and strive for a higher excellence. To my Chinese friends, who have given me and my country loyal friendship and grace, Thank you. I sincerely hope, that day will never come, but if it does, what will your response be?