From Paul Wang
Uncertainty is a very interesting concept indeed. If one failed in an uncertainty situation and pretended it was a certainty, this will breed ignorance for sure. China has always been called ‘middle kingdom’ by Chinese and non Chinese alike for so long. However, there are plenty of evidence that nearly all ancient kingdoms also felt they are the middle kingdom!
A case in point can be found in the book entitled “The Trojan War”, by Thomas Bulfinch, privately printed by Kurt H.Volk, Inc. in 1957. There is a passage on page 9:”The Greeks believed the earth to be flat and circular, their own country occupying the middle of it, the central point being either Mount Olympus, the abode of the gods, or Delphi, so famous for its oracle.”
I believe this kind of nomenclature may be needed to boost the moral, but for the long run it is unhealthy to think that way! Personally, I would like Chinese to do more soul searching for creating and paying much more attention to fundamental science, especially the natural sciences, rather than overly pragmatics by overly eager to get rich and endless trying to acquire more power. Uniqueness, creativity, and imagination are essential prescriptions for leadership. The short cuts and the policy of yi[v] du[v] go[-]ng du[v] simply would not do!